Tirzah Firestone

Last updated
Tirzah Firestone
Born (1954-05-27) May 27, 1954 (age 69)
  • Beacon College
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Jungian psychotherapist
  • author
  • Jewish Renewal rabbi
Relatives Shulamith Firestone (sister)

Tirzah Firestone (born May 27, 1954) is an American analytical psychotherapist, author, and Jewish Renewal rabbi. She is the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in Boulder, Colorado, and is now Rabbi Emerita there. [1] She was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 1992 and is a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement.


Widely known for her work on feminism and the modern applications of Jewish mystical wisdom, Firestone teaches nationally on Jewish ancestral healing and the common boundary between ancient Jewish heritage and modern psychology.

Firestone is an active Member of Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal (1994–present) and the Ohalah Rabbinic Association (2003–present). She was the National Co-chair of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (2009–2010) and is currently serving on the board of the Yesod Foundation (1997–present).

Tirzah Firestone was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in St. Louis, Missouri. Firestone was the fifth of six children born to Sol and Kate Firestone. She is the younger sister of Shulamith Firestone. She went to Hebrew day schools through high school. Firestone earned her master's degree in Holistic Counseling from Beacon College in 1982; and her doctorate in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, in 2015. [1] After graduating, she spent an extended period living in Israel and working on Kibbutz Ma'ale Gilboa and Moshav Amirim. She also apprenticed in Jerusalem with Rabanit Leah Sharabi, the wife of the Kabbalist Rabbi Mordechai Sharabi, who influenced her greatly. In her memoir, Firestone tells the story of how her first husband inspired her return to Judaism by means of his own faith and love of Judaism. Firestone remarried in 1999 to David Friedman. Together they have three grown children.





Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jewish views on homosexuality</span> Subject of homosexuality in Judaism

The subject of homosexuality and Judaism dates back to the Torah. The book of Vayikra (Leviticus) is traditionally regarded as classifying sexual intercourse between males as a to'eivah that can be subject to capital punishment by the current Sanhedrin under halakha.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Women in Judaism</span> Role of women in Judaism

The role of women in Judaism is determined by the Hebrew Bible, the Oral Law, by custom, and by cultural factors. Although the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic literature mention various female role models, religious law treats women differently in various circumstances. According to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center, women are slightly more likely to identify with Judaism. They account for 52% of the worldwide Jewish population.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jewish Renewal</span> Movement to reinvigorate modern Judaism with Kabbalistic, Hasidic, musical and meditative practices

Jewish Renewal is a Jewish religious movement originating in the 20th century that endeavors to reinvigorate modern Judaism with Kabbalistic, Hasidic, and musical practices. Specifically, it seeks to reintroduce the "ancient Judaic traditions of mysticism and meditation, gender equality and ecstatic prayer" to synagogue services. It is distinct from the baal teshuva movement of return to Orthodox Judaism.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Arthur Waskow</span> American author, political activist, and rabbi

Arthur Ocean Waskow is an American author, political activist, and rabbi associated with the Jewish Renewal movement.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rabbinic authority</span> Theological and communal authority attributed to rabbinic status

Rabbinic authority in Judaism relates to the theological and communal authority attributed to rabbis and their pronouncements in matters of Jewish law. The extent of rabbinic authority differs by various Jewish groups and denominations throughout history.

Judith Rebecca Hauptman is an American feminist Talmudic scholar.

Jewish feminism is a movement that seeks to make the religious, legal, and social status of Jewish women equal to that of Jewish men in Judaism. Feminist movements, with varying approaches and successes, have opened up within all major branches of the Jewish religion.

Rachel Adler is Professor Emerita of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College, at the Los Angeles campus.

Rabbi Rebecca Trachtenberg Alpert is Professor of Religion Emerita at Temple University, and was one of the first women rabbis. Her chief academic interests are religions and sports and sexuality in Judaism, and she says that her beliefs were transformed by a Sabbath prayer book that refers to God as 'She'.

Lynn Gottlieb is an American rabbi in the Jewish Renewal movement.

Judaism and environmentalism intersect on many levels. The natural world plays a central role in Jewish law, literature, liturgical, and other practices. Within the arena of Jewish thought, beliefs vary widely about the human relation to the environment.

Rabbi Goldie Milgram is an American rabbi, educator, and writer. She is best known as the "rebbe-on-the-road," for her travels worldwide as a seeker and teacher of Torah, Jewish spiritual practices and she is a specialist in the fields of Jewish experiential and spiritual education. "Reb Goldie" founded (2000) and heads the 501C3 non-profit Reclaiming Judaism, serves as editor-in-chief for Reclaiming Judaism Press, and in 2014 she founded a three-year distance-learned training program for Jewish educators titled Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE): Maggid-Educator Training.

Jill Jacobs is an American Conservative rabbi who serves as the executive director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, formerly Rabbis for Human Rights-North America. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition. This book includes chapters on tzedakah, poverty, health care, housing, labor, criminal justice, and environmental justice in America, seen through a Jewish viewpoint. She has served as the Rabbi in Residence of Jewish Funds for Justice and as the Director of Outreach and Education for Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

The first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clergy in Judaism were ordained as rabbis and/or cantors in the second half of the 20th century.

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the first woman to have been ordained a rabbi in Reconstructionist Judaism. She was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, on May 19, 1974. She is also the author of many children's books on religious topics.

Stacy Offner is an openly lesbian American rabbi. She was the first openly lesbian rabbi hired by a mainstream Jewish congregation, and the first female rabbi in Minnesota. She also became the first rabbi elected chaplain of the Minnesota Senate, the first female vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, and the first woman to serve on the [U.S.] national rabbinical pension board.

This is a timeline of women rabbis:

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Deborah Waxman</span> American rabbi

Deborah Waxman is an American rabbi and the president and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism. Waxman was inaugurated as the president of both on October 26, 2014. The ceremony took place at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Waxman is believed to be the first woman rabbi and first lesbian to lead a Jewish congregational union, and the first lesbian to lead a Jewish seminary; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College is both a congregational union and a seminary. She previously served as the vice-president for governance for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In 2015 she was named as one of The Forward 50.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ritualwell</span>

Ritualwell is a website that allows users to find, create and share Jewish rituals. It was initially launched in 2001 and was nominated for a Webby Award in the Religion & Spirituality category in 2003. The site was redesigned and relaunched in 2005. It seeks to "increase the number of rituals available for holidays, Shabbat and traditional lifecycle events.

Marcia Prager is an American rabbi, teacher and spiritual leader. She was Director and Dean of the Aleph Ordination Program, and rabbi of the P'nai Or Jewish Renewal community in West Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Prager was the founding rabbi of a sister congregation, P'nai Or of Princeton, New Jersey, where she served for thirteen years. She is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received rabbinic ordination in 1989. In 1990, she also received personal semikhah from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi with whom she worked to advance the Jewish Renewal movement until his death in 2014.


  1. 1 2 "Rabbi Tirzah Firestone: Biography" . Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  2. Firestone, Tirzah (2019). Wounds into Wisdom. Adam Kadmon Books/Monkfish Book Publishing Company. ISBN   978-1948626026.
  3. Firestone, Tirzah (2003-02-04). The Receiving . HarperCollins. ISBN   0060082704.
  4. Firestone, Tirzah (1999). With Roots in Heaven. Penguin. ISBN   0452278856.
  5. Firestone, Tirzah (2014-08-01). "Trauma Legacies in the Middle East". Tikkun. 29 (3): 6–10. doi:10.1215/08879982-2713259. ISSN   0887-9982. S2CID   86750271.
  6. Firestone, Tirzah (2014-07-03). "The Jewish Cultural Complex". Psychological Perspectives. 57 (3): 278–290. doi:10.1080/00332925.2014.936231. ISSN   0033-2925. S2CID   146737395.
  7. Firestone, Rabbi Tirzah (2013-01-01). "At the Altar of Consciousness: The Individuation of God and Abraham". Psychological Perspectives. 56 (1): 74–82. doi:10.1080/00332925.2013.758550. ISSN   0033-2925. S2CID   170986030.
  8. "Books and CDs by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone" . Retrieved 29 October 2014.