Yiscah speaks on the spiritual dimension of authentic living. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she teaches texts in an accessible and vivid style.
Yiscah is a Jewish educator & author who addresses the spiritual dimension of authentic living. She employs her own story of the joys and struggles with her own spirituality, gender identity and commitment to authentic living. As one who transitioned from a Chabad man to an observant woman, she presents topics in an accessible and vivid style, from both a personal and a text-based perspective.
Yiscah Smith walks the talk of transformation and spiritual truth, empowering and inspiring readers and listeners to wake up to the radical possibilities of a life lived with honesty, courage and sacred presence.— Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Founding Spiritual Leader, Lab/Shul NYC, New York, NY
In Jerusalem 2015, I was lucky enough to meet Yiscah Smith. It was a transformative experience. The AIDS holocaust in the US in the 1980’s had left me with pain and grief which I had been unable to confront. Listening to Yiscah speak and teach that night opened up my clogged spiritual pathways. Yiscah’s teachings are powerful. She can move her listeners, to grow and realize their authentic selves.— William S. Singer, Attorney at Law, Singer & Fedun, LLC, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NY
Yiscah is not only smart, insightful, and deep, but she is also a fantastic speaker. Dynamic and funny, hamish and with a story that resonates with all audiences, Yiscah is a true gem. Any community would be fortunate and wise to welcome her with open arms. She's Jewishly literate beyond compare and a rollicking good time. Such a deal!— Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Attorney, activist & author, Elizabeth F. Schwartz Attorneys & Mediators, Miami, FL
We hosted Yiscah Smith for an amazing evening in the Palm Springs area! She is an incredibly eloquent speaker, teacher, author and effective communicator to her audience. Her story is powerful and very moving! The crowd was engaged and really didn’t want the night to end. We look forward to having Yiscah speak to our community again in the near future!— Julian King, Rabbi, Private home, Palm Springs, CA
Mosaic co-sponsored an evening in June 2016. The audience was captivated and inspired by her courageous story of healing and transformation. I also studied with Yiscah at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Yiscah’s passion for teaching, her knowledge of Jewish texts, and her profound spiritual understanding and sensitivity helped me to grow in a deep and beautiful way during my time in Israel.— Bina Raskin, Executive Director, Mosaic of Westchester, White Plains, NY
Reading Yiscah Smith’s story was inspiring, but hearing her tell it herself was truly transformative. Her teaching is not only eye-opening, but soul-touching. I was moved by the simple wisdom she shared, rooted in Jewish tradition & spiritual self-awareness. It was a privilege to experience her journey through her eyes, and a warm invitation to embark on one’s own quest for spiritual authenticity.— Jamie Gloth, Hazzan & Director of Congregational Programming, Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle, NY
Yiscah is a gifted teacher who reads Torah with sensitivity and humility, but it is her story, her voice, her presence that are absolutely game changing. As she guided our community through a beautiful teaching one Shabbat morning on the mandate to speak, live & love from the authentic self, it occurred to me that that very talk might actually save someone’s life. She is a blessing and a treasure.— Rabbi Sharon Brous, Founder/Senior Rabbi, IKAR, Los Angeles, CA
Yiscah, a fantastic speaker, combines her life experience, rich on the search for authenticity, with her deep knowledge and spirituality. Her mastery of texts offers practical and personal value to the audience. And it all comes with a rare teaching skill, both in the areas of didactics and tenderness. She facilitated a 3 day workshop in our synagogue that was an intellectual & spiritual delight.— Rabbi Nilton Bonder, Rabbi , Conservative Synagogue Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Yiscah is a wonderful educator and speaker. Her love of Torah and the meaning it brings to her life is infectious. Her personal story resonates with students of all backgrounds as each of us has challenges and obstacles we need to overcome in order to be more connected to our true inner-selves.”— Rahel Berkovits, Rabbi, Jerusalem, Israel
Yiscah is an expert at plumbing the depths of modern Jewish thought so that it can be mined in our ever present search of who we are and our purpose. Yiscah is a captivating teacher whose personal journey inspires her students to ask who they are and how their lives can be a holy reflection of God. Her teaching brings the past into our lives so that we and the world are transformed in the process.— Dr. Joshua Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ISRAEL