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Dr. Judith Kates, professor of Jewish Women’s Studies at Hebrew College, will lead a special D’var Torah, talk, and Torah study at JCOGS during the weekend of July 8-9. We hope you’ll join us for this unique opportunity for learning and reflection.
Dr. Kates’ teaching and writing focuses on classical Jewish texts, especially Bible and midrash. She received a PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University where she taught literature for 11 years. Along with her work at the college, she teaches in programs of adult learning in the Jewish community and is the co-editor of a long list of publications.
Special D’var Torah, Dinner, and Talk About Women in Judaism
Friday, July 8, 6 p.m.
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services, led by Rabbi David, with a special D’var Torah by Dr. Judith Kates entitled “Singing in the Wilderness.” The D’var Torah will include a brief meditation on the suppressed alternative story of Israel in the wilderness with Miriam as their leader. If the story line of the Book of Numbers can be summarized as hunger and thirst leading to constant dissatisfaction and rebellion, can we understand that hunger as longing for “food” provided by a different kind of guidance and thirst as the need for spiritual “water,” both associated specifically with Miriam? Both Biblical text and midrash will help to raise up this story.
After a catered dinner, Dr. Kates will give a short talk entitled “Women at the Center” about women in Judaism, followed by a Q&A. The Book of Ruth offers a challenge to the usual human landscape of the Hebrew Bible, centered on men with women on the edges. Instead this Biblical text sees women as essential to bringing Jewish community to genuinely live by the Torah’s deepest values and ideals. And it is presented as the origin story of King David, whom Jewish tradition considers the ancestor of the messiah, our symbol for redemption brought about through human agency.
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Dr. Judith Kates will lead a close study of the psychologically and spiritually powerful story of Hannah in 1 Samuel, chapter 1,with an eye toward understanding why the Talmudic sages chose her story as the paradigmatic model for our prayer life.
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Dinner is $18 per person. Children under 12 are free.
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