ONLINE“Four Mothers” Live Q&A

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Join us for a live conversation with Dr. Rachel Ben Dor, the subject of “Four Mothers,” moderated by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe.

Since the creation of the state of Israel, generations of mothers have had to send their sons to war, and the Israeli public has become accustomed to an ethos of sacrifice. During the war in Lebanon, four mothers of active soldiers protested, creating and becoming leaders in a civil movement that challenged this ethos. This groundbreaking women-led protest for peace inspired masses and can be credited with helping end a seemingly interminable war.

Dr. Rachel Ben Dor is a biblical and Talmudic scholar with a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her current research is about women peace advocates in Israel and their use of biblical texts in communicating their movements’ messages. Dr. Ben Dor founded and led the Four Mothers’ grassroots women’s peace movement, which lobbied the Israeli government to stop the war with Lebanon in 2000. Dr. Ben Dor has documented the story of the movement in a book (to be published in Israel in March 2021) and on the web.

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe is the Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, a research institute on Jewish women’s and gender studies. Dr. Joffe researches and teaches feminist and legal theory with a focus on Jewish feminism in America and Israel and on gender issues at the intersection between secular and religious law. Dr. Joffe is also a co-founder of the Boston Agunah Taskforce, devoted to research, education and advocacy for women under Jewish family law.

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