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Women Lost and Found: Biblical Explorations with Avivah Zornberg
Sponsor Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Type of Event Education
Description The women of the Bible appear and disappear in the lives of male heroes. We will study texts that unfold complex issues of affinity and otherness in four narratives: Abraham and Sarah; Jacob, Rebecca and Rachel; Mordecai and Esther; Boaz and Ruth. In their relation to their men and to themselves, these women lead a double life: each is both known and unknown to herself and to others. Intimate stranger, each resists the desire of the other to reduce her otherness. What futures will be born of these women? And where is God in their stories of connection and disconnection? Learning will be supported by Beit Midrash sessions, facilitated by the expert skill of Rabbi Jonah Steinberg and his students from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Students will explore Dr. Zornberg's chosen texts in small group conversations. Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of Genesis: The Beginning of Desire (for which she won the National Jewish Book Award), The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, and of a number of articles. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. She teaches Torah in Jerusalem at MaTaN, Yakar, and the Jerusalem College for Adults; she also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish and academic settings in the U.S. and the UK. For more information, visit
Date/Dates April 29 2010 - May 02 2010
Times 3:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Street Address 116 Johnson Road Google Map
Location Falls Village, CT 06031 United States
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Contact Name Isabella Freedman
Phone Number (860) 824-5991
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