A clearly patriarchal structure governed traditional Jewish life: men counted in a prayer quorum, learned Talmud, read, wrote; women did not. Yes—but. In reality, many Jewish women in medieval and early modern Europe read, wrote, worked in the publishing trade, taught women and led their prayers.
In this weekly course, professor Rachel Greenblatt will guide us through the writings of several such women, reading excerpts in class and discussing the personal concerns, historical context they reveal and considering the meaning of their work for us today. Authors under consideration may include: Glikl bas Judah Leib (Hamburg and Metz; 1645-1724), Beila Perlhefter (Prague, Altdorf, Italy; d. 1709), Rivkah Tiktiner (Cracow, Prague; d. 1605), Rachel Morpurgo (Italy; 1790-1871), Devorah Romm (Vilna; c. 1831-1903) and more.
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