Faculty Seminars 2018-2019

BenjaminJewish Feminist Thought: Unfinished Agendas, New Directions

Mara Benjamin
Mt. Holyoke College

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue

Starting in the 1970s, Jewish feminists challenged the gender order of Jewish tradition and unleashed an outpouring of innovative work in midrash, ritual, liturgy, and other expressive forms.  This seminar examines how the themes that emerged in early feminist critiques of Jewish thought have been amplified, addressed, or shifted by recent developments in Jewish feminism, including Kohenet, Orthodox feminism, and queer and trans theology.

 Mara Benjamin is Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Mt. Holyoke College. She is the author of Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity and, most recently, The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought.

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rembrandtJordan S. Penkower, Bar-Ilan University
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
10:00–11:30 AM
Bildner Center, 12 College Ave.

This presentation traces the history of the Tablets of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments inscribed thereon, from the Bible through the Renaissance, as represented in both Jewish and Christian art, with special attention to two of Rembrandt’s paintings.