This course, as a sequel to Badass Broads of the Bible, explores the little-known lives of women figures—some named, some anonymous—whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition.
Together we will delve into the cause of Sarah’s demise in response to the binding of Isaac; Rachel’s cries for her children sent into exile; the cause of Serach bat Asher’s uncanny longevity; and the role of the ministering women and their mirrors in the Exodus. We will also consider traditions and practice, such as why Rosh Hodesh is considered a women’s festival. And why are women obligated to hear Megillah or drink four cups of wine at the Passover seder? How do we celebrate the Hanukkah heroines of yore? Primary sources will draw upon classic as well as contemporary feminist Israeli midrash (in translation). There will be primary sources and articles sent in advance a week before each session.
With Dr. Rachel Adelman, associate professor of Bible at Hebrew College.
Course dates: 9/23, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6.
In cooperation with Temple Israel of Natick, Congregation B’Nai Torah, Congregation Beth El of Sudbury and Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland.+ More... - Less...
97 Concord Rd
Wayland, MA 01778
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