ONLINERivkah’s Simchas Torah Song

October 6, 2020 Free
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Dr. Rachel Greenblatt (Courtesy photo)

Join us for “Rivkah’s Simchas Torah Song: Women’s Celebration in Early Modern Europe” with Dr. Rachel Greenblatt.

Rivkah Tiktiner (d. 1605) is the first known female author of a Jewish printed book, a Yiddish-language work of ethics called Menekes Rivkah. She also wrote a liturgical poem, which saw several printings, for use on the festival of Simchat Torah, the joyous culmination of the fall festival season (occurring this year on Oct. 10-11). Participants will learn together about a way in which Jewish women in a traditional, pre-modern setting participated actively in creating public Jewish ritual.

Rachel L. Greenblatt is the Judaica Librarian at Brandeis University. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in history from Cornell, and has served on the faculty at Dartmouth, Harvard and Wesleyan. Her scholarship focuses on the cultural and social history of Jews in central and eastern Europe, and she is the author of “To Tell Their Children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague” (Stanford University Press, 2014).

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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