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Monday, February 17 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
Uncovering Nakedness: Does Gender Really Matter?

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What is nakedness? In the Talmud it is associated with a woman's hair, voice, and thigh. However, in today's modern society, many discussions around women's bodies in Judaism feel misogynistic and irrelevant. In the first half of this session, we will focus on the differences between men and women in rabbinic Judaism as manifested in both familial and communal space. We will focus on the different Jewish responses to feminism including prayer services and ordination and how transgender people will potentially force the whole binary system to undergone significant change.  In the second half of this intensive, we will continue to use Jewish texts to understand the origin of traditional practices around dress, singing and hair covering and whether any of them can be integrated in a contemporary discourse of gender relations.

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Nechama Goldman Barash

The Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies
Nechama Goldman Barash navigates the space between feminism and Orthodoxy by studying and teaching rabbinic texts previously barred to women. She lives in Israel where she teaches at the Pardes Beit Midrash and participates in interfaith work. She is writing a book dealing with matters... Read More →

Monday February 17, 2020 9:00am - 12:30pm EST
Presentation Room (Atrium)