The Tower of Babel and the Midwives of Egypt: The Quest for Individuality and the Path to Redemption

Posted by Judy Klitsner on April 14, 2016
Topics: Pardes Live, Pesach


What does the story of building the world’s largest structure in Babel have in common with a tale of subjugation and heroism in Egypt? In exploring this question we will note the actions and motivations of a number of outstanding female characters in the Exodus narrative, whose acts of individual heroism help to repair the fractured connection with the divine and help pave the road toward redemption.


About Judy Klitsner

Judy has been teaching Bible and biblical exegesis at Pardes for nearly two decades. A disciple of the great Torah teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the biblical text. Judy lectures internationally and is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other (Jewish Publication Society) which received the 2009 National Jewish book award for scholarship. Click here to read more.

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