This Day in Jewish History / Death of Ray Frank, Often Called ‘America’s First Female Rabbi’

Frank become popular in Jewish communities throughout the American West, and was dubbed 'a latter-day Deborah,' 'the Maiden in the Temple' and 'the Jewess in the Pulpit.'

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On October 10, 1948, Rachel “Ray” Frank Litman – one of America’s leading commentators on Jewish values at the end of the 19th century – died. Although Litman was explicit in declaring that she had no desire...