Hanukah 5783: Deborah and Judith: How Our Heroines Harmonize Across a Millennium

Posted by Aviva Lauer on December 23, 2022
Topics: Dissonance & Harmony, Pardes from Jerusalem, Chanukah

During a holiday where there is both darkness and light, where we retreat indoors and shine brightly from the windowsill, go on a journey with Pardes North America to find meaning in the discord within our tradition.

Night 7* – Deborah and Judith: How Our Heroines Harmonize Across a Millennium
Featuring Aviva Lauer
Who was Judith and what does she have to do with Hanukah? And if we listen closely, might we hear her harmonize along with Deborah the Prophetess, who sang her own song a thousand years earlier than Judith did?


*This podcast is being published before the 7th night of Hanukah in order to allow you to listen to it before Shabbat.

Music Credits: Klezmer by Crowander is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

About Aviva Lauer

Aviva is the Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators. She majored in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and earned a Masters degree in Midrash at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. Aviva is a Jewish educator with over twenty years of experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching, school administration and educational consulting. Upon making Aliyah in 1996, Aviva developed formal and informal educational materials for Melitz and at the Leo Baeck Education Center, where she also gained experience in teaching pluralistic Judaism. She then served as the head of the department of Jewish Studies at Immanuel College, London. Working at the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators since 2009, Aviva has been a teaching coach, director of recruitment, director of the Summer Curriculum Workshop, and Assistant Director of PCJE before taking on her current role in 2017. Click here to read more.

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