Nahafokhu: Women and Megillah Reading – Overturning Assumptions

Posted by Rahel Berkovits on February 24, 2015
Topics: Esther, Women's Issues, Purim, Megillot


Rahel Berkovits looks into the obligation of women in the reading of the megillah and discusses how things are not as they seem. She goes on to show how the laws are a window to the complexity of the status of women in Rabbinic Judaism and how in the spirit of Purim and Nahafoku, pre-conceived notions will be turned on their head.

About Rahel Berkovits

Rahel teaches Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha at Pardes. She has spent many years studying Talmud and Jewish texts in both traditional and academic frameworks at Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Shalom Hartman Institute, and Hebrew University in both the Talmud and Jewish education departments. In 2015, Rahel completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har’el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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