Authors Posts by Leah Sarna

Leah Sarna

Leah Sarna is the spiritual leader of Kehillat Sha'arei Orah in Lower Merion, PA and on the faculty of the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Ordained at Yeshivat Maharat in 2018, she holds a BA from Yale University in Philosophy & Psychology and also trained at Migdal Oz and the Center for Modern Torah Leadership. Sarna is a recipient of a Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize and a Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and she is now a member of the Sefaria Word-By-Word Jewish Women's Writing Fellowship. Her published works have appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Lehrhaus and The Jewish Review of Books and she has lectured in Orthodox synagogues and Jewish communal settings around the world. She loves spreading her warm, energetic love for Torah and Mitzvot with Jews in all stages of life. For more information or to be in touch:

Put a Mirror on Your Seder Table

Leah Sarna argues that this is the Passover to tell the stories of enslaved Jewish women: of the victims of October 7, who were and likely still are subjected to sexual violence, and of the heroic women in the era of the Exodus, who fought to ensure the perpetuation of the Jewish people.

Catastrophic Miracles and Miraculous Catastrophes: The Torah of Pregnancy in Tazria and Toldot

In her winning Ateret Zvi essay, Leah Sarna explores two simultaneously true stories about pregnancy: it is at once a beautiful, incredible miracle, and also a demanding journey, both physically and mentally, that often feels more like a catastrophe. Studying the Torah's accounts of pregnancy in Tazria and Rivkah's life, Sarna offers a moving analysis of what it means to hear, tell, and live these stories.

Torah u-Madda for All?

Leah Sarna addresses the perceived disconnect between the ideal Torah U-Madda lifestyle and the gendered reality of advanced Torah study for women.

An Alternative History of American Modern Orthodoxy

Leah Sarna contributes to the Lehrhaus Symposium on the recent OU statement regarding female clergy.