The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Presents:
The Sidney and Miriam Brettler Memorial Series 5780
Women in the Wilderness: Four Narratives of Spiritual Power with Dr. Avivah Zornberg
Through midrashic and hasidic readings as well as psychoanalytic approaches
we will encounter the spiritual resistance of our biblical heroines in situations of tension.
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22 January 2020
Miriam against Moses: “Sing-Now!-to God!” – Listen to the Podcast.
29 January 2020
Daughters of Zelophchad: “To be or not to be” – Listen to the Podcast.
5 February 2020
Esther: “Mere Anarchy is Loosed Upon the World”
12 February 2020
Becoming Ruth: “And I am a Stranger”
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Dr. Avivah Zornberg – Lecturer
Adam Titcher – Executive Producer
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About Dr. Avivah Zornberg
Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is a Scottish contemporary Torah scholar and author. She was born in London, England, grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Israel in 1969, where she currently resides in Jerusalem. Zornberg's father was Rabbi Dr. Wolf Gottlieb, Rabbi at Queen's Park Synagogue, Glasgow and head of Glasgow's rabbinical court (av beit din). Zornberg is a descendant of prominent rabbis from Eastern Europe. Her parents settled in Austria. Zornberg's family fled Austria after the Nazi takeover which led to the collapse of Jewish life and subsequent genocide of the Holocaust. Zornberg holds a PhD from Cambridge University in English Literature.
She began her Bible teaching career roughly around 1980. She previously taught English literature at the Hebrew University. Zornberg has grown to world acclaim through her writing and teaching of biblical commentary on the books of the Torah. She has lectured and taught internationally and has appeared on PBS (the American television Public Broadcasting Service) in Genesis: A Living Conversation, a series of programs discussing the Book of Genesis produced and hosted by Bill Moyers. She has published four books regarding her thoughts, theories, and commentaries:The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Nonfiction in 1995, The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, and The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, which discusses selected passages from Genesis and other books of the Bible, including Jonah, Esther, and Ruth. Her last book published by Schocken is called Bewilderments: Reflections on the Book of Numbers 2015. Her newest book, Moses: A Human Life a biography of Moses, was published in November 2016 by the Yale University Press in their Jewish Lives series.