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Anna Batler

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Anna Batler is a writer and an attorney based out of Washington, D.C. She writes about faith, feminism, spirituality, and religious identity at Sotah.net

After moving to New Jersey from Azerbaijan, Anna attended an Orthodox Jewish parochial school that first inspired her faith while simultaneously prohibiting her from running for student body president because she was not observant. She became an Orthodox Jew when she started attending a public high school and was a regular at religious outreach events. Today, she no longer affiliates with a specific Jewish movement - though she is involved in a local, lay led, egalitarian community.

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The Girl and the Drash

Hillel vs. History at Chanukah

The real miracle of the Chanukah story is our willful forgetting of the historic Maccabees and their holy war. Read More »

A Concubine on the Fringes

The Torah's sexual ethic emerges in the narratives of Dina and Bilhah. Above all else is the ability of men to barter the wombs of the daughters and sisters in their possession. Read More »

God Is Not the God I Knew

Jacob discovers that his God had been too small, that his God was a God without borders. Read More »

A Thanksgiving Drash

This Thanksgiving, may we dream not about first class citizenship for some, but about home and citizenship for everyone. Read More »

The Free Rebecca

In this archetypal narrative, we see the myth of the powerful woman and the whipped man. Read More »

Telling Abraham's Story for Him -- and for Us

Did God choose Abraham, or did Abraham choose God? Read More »

Recent Articles

Hillel vs. History at Chanukah

The real miracle of the Chanukah story is our willful forgetting of the historic Maccabees and their holy war. Read More »

A Concubine on the Fringes

The Torah's sexual ethic emerges in the narratives of Dina and Bilhah. Above all else is the ability of men to barter the wombs of the daughters and sisters in their possession. Read More »

God Is Not the God I Knew

Jacob discovers that his God had been too small, that his God was a God without borders. Read More »

A Thanksgiving Drash

This Thanksgiving, may we dream not about first class citizenship for some, but about home and citizenship for everyone. Read More »

The Free Rebecca

In this archetypal narrative, we see the myth of the powerful woman and the whipped man. Read More »

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