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Malka Drucker is the author of more than 20 books for adults and children.

She is the founding Rabbi of HaMakom in Santa Fe, NM.

Rabbi Malka is involved with the Northern New Mexico Regional Art Center (NNMRAC) and the Education and Community Programs of the Santa Fe Opera who will present excerpts from the one-act children's opera, "Shoes for the Santo Niño" at 6:30pm, Thursday, April 26 in the Mision on the Plaza de Española, NM. For details, download the flyer.

Commentary-(from congregants and others) "I hope that you will be willing to take the time to write to me and share with me what faith in God means to you..."

Purchase an autographed copy of White Fire online

White Fire Web

Bill Treiber, Malka's father, June 29, 2011 His Memory is a Blessing I'm OK and even grateful I had him for so long.

REBBE LONGING, Erev Rosh Hashanah 5772, From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven.
Who Shall Live, Who Shall Die, Who Can Bear This Prayer? Rosh Hashanah Morning, 5772
WALK HUMBLY IN YOUR DESPAIR: An Uplifting High Holiday Sermon, 5772.


1. At Spirit Mountain Retreat

(Idyllwild, CA, USA, February 16, 2014)
Registration: Call 951-659-2523 or email Abigail@spiritmountainretreat.org Learn more at Spirit Mountain Retreat Website

2. At Spiritual Directors International EMERGING WISDOM conference

(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, April 24 through 27, 2014)
The workshop was one of the fifteen selected (of the 150 submitted), for presentation twice on Saturday afternoon, April 26, 2014.


Of all the transitions a woman is blessed to experience, none may be as sacred, i.e. soul expansive, as becoming a grandmother. When she touches the baby for the first time, something new is born in her, a love so fierce and grateful it's almost embarrassing. A grandchild has the potential to awaken the grandmother into her heart of wisdom because the child links her to another generation. She may remember her own grandparents with affection and now she knows from her own love for the grandchild how much she was once loved. The grandmother heart, known in wisdom traditions as the manifestation of unconditional love, is the grandmother's gift to the grandchild. The grandchild births a more generous love in the grandmother. Perhaps for the first time, she cares not only about her own but for a generation in which she now has an vitally important rooting interest. She has lived long enough to know that we are interconnected. Growing a grandmother's heart is neither gender nor age specific: it is a path of wisdom open to anyone who wants it. The grandmother embodies the archetype of lovingkindness. She is the good listener with a patience that gives you faith, and the unconditional love she offers becomes a teacher for you in the art of loving. My teachers, Rabbi Harold Schulweis and Reb Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, have grandmother hearts. To them and to my grandmothers, I dedicate these words.

Malka Drucker is a participant in the Legacy of Wisdom, a non-profit project from LivingTao to help redefine the role of elders in society.Legacy of Wisdom Project
Click to see video from Legacy of Wisdom
video courtesy of Living Tao

Rabbi Malka Drucker is a contributor in Covenant of the Generations, Women of Reform Judaism's new book in the Covenant series. The piece is called "Growing a Grandmother's Heart." She is also a contributor to the Jewish Book Award winner, Women's Torah Commentary published by WRJ.

2009 New Mexico Book Awards Winner

Women and Judaism
Finalist, Religious Book

2009 New Mexico Book Awards Winner

Portraits of Jewish-American Heroes
Winner, Juvenile Book AND Finalist, Religious Book

Women and Judaism
Edited by Malka Drucker
Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Praeger (April 30, 2009)
Available through
barnes and noble

"Women and Judaism," the editor writes, "carries an intention to do more than bring the reader new ideas to ponder. For Jewish women, it's a charge to claim and re-claim their rightful place in their tradition. For non-Jewish sisters, we hope that it encourages you to bring change in your traditions as you learn of our effort to be counted as full members of an ancient spiritual community."

by Malka Drucker, Illustrated by Elizabeth Rosen
Portraits of Jewish-American Heroes listed as one of the
Top Ten Religion Books for Youth: 2008 - Booklist Online
Available at your local bookstore or online at:
Barnes and Noble

Reviews and a note from the author

Related writing from Malka Drucker

Author and Rabbi Malka Drucker feels there are lessons to learn from studying heroes of any culture or ethnic group. Jim Terr talked to Drucker about her latest work.- Jim Terr is a song satirist and video producer in Santa Fe.
Hear the radio interview aired on KUNM radio, Sept. 4, 2008 (MP3 audio)

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High Holiday Teachings 5774

"Who Will Sat Kaddish For Me?", Kol Nidre 5774. Yom Kippur, the most important day of our lives, when we enter the Holy of Holies within ourselves, is more than a glimpse of heaven. It is a day of awe and trembling as it concludes the intense work of self-reflection, judgment, regret, forgiveness, To reach the harvest of this process called teshuvah calls for acknowledgment of not only our misdeeds but how we have fallen short of our great potentiality. Abraham Joshua Heshel said, "It is embarrassing to live." The universal shame to which he refers is in how we sin every moment that we miss the blessing and miracle of our lives.

ANGELS, DEVILS, HEAVEN, AND HELL, Rosh Hashanah morning 5774. I love being a teacher. The Sages describe the relationship of student and teacher like this: "As much as the calf wishes to suckle, the cow wants even more to nurse." One of the greatest pleasures in teaching is to surprise the student with a new idea. This morning I'm going to tell you something that I hope may raise eyebrows and deepens your relationship to Judaism.

THE LIVING HAVE TO LIVE, Erev Rosh Hashanah 5774. Once upon a time the major denominations of the Jewish community gave rabbis the topics for their High Holiday sermons. It could be Israel, intermarriage, Jewish education, or whatever the leadership decided was important. In those days, much of the discussion wasn't about the individual journey of each life; it was about the well-being of the community. I wonder if they ever chose the subject that compels me tonight as we begin the New Year.