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Shabbaton with Gila Fine

Shabbaton with Gila Fine

Friday, May 24
6:00 pm Services
7:00 pm Shabbat Dinner
8:00 pm Lecture

Saturday, May 25
9:30 am Services
Noon Kiddush Luncheon
1:00 pm Lecture

$15/Adult, $10/Child (3-12 yrs)
includes all meals and lectures

Gila Fine is the editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Aggada at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, exploring the stories of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and pop-culture. Gila is the former editor of Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation and has previously taught at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and the London School of Jewish Studies. Haaretz has called her a “woman who is on her way to becoming one of the more outstanding Jewish thinkers of the next generation.”

Friday Night:
The Madwoman in the Rabbi’s Attic: The Tale of Yalta the Shrew
Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the difference between the male and female body? And what possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband’s wine? The comic tale of Yalta, read through Aristotle and Euripides, William Shakespeare and William Congreve, Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich and R. Kook.

Saturday Afternoon:
Back to the Future: The Day Moshe Failed His Torah Class
Is Torah a product of divine revelation or human innovation? What happens when the receptivity of Moshe meets the creativity of R. Akiva? And why is Moshe told to “turn back” when going into the future? A postmodernist reading of Menakhot 29b, traversing the Talmud and Midrash, Baal HaTanya and R. Nachman, Oscar Wilde and William James, Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin and Emmanuel Levinas.

*Underwritten by Gary Carmell in honor of his daughter Ariella’s graduation from the University of Chicago and plans to attend the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.