The Bonds Between Biblical Women: Writing Feminist Midrash

Led by Sivan Rotholz
Wednesdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19 at 1:00pm–2:30pm ET
$144 for four sessions 

Join feminist Torah scholar and creative writing professor Sivan Rotholz as we consider, reconsider, and write our own creative responses to women's relationships in biblical literature. This four-part series kicks off with Eve and Lilith, two models of humanity's first woman. In modern midrash, these indelible archetypes offer us the first interpersonal relationship between women. Next, find out why Lot's Wife turned back, and what we can learn from her about a mother's love. Then, just in time for Shavuot, explore the one-of-a-kind bond between Ruth & Naomi. The series concludes with Bat Yiftach (Jephthah's Daughter) and the community of women who hold her up as she faces her own death. Each week we will pair the stories of unforgettable biblical women with midrash and poetry that reimagine them and their relationships with one another. We will reflect together on what each has to teach us, and add our own voices to an age-old tradition through in-class writing prompts. No previous biblical knowledge or creative writing experience necessary.  


All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

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Ritualwell is committed to offering an accessible space to our community members. We commit to:
  • Providing participants with all the session materials ahead of time
  • Providing automated captions on all live sessions
  • Providing subtitles for all recorded sessions
  • Using the chat function and read it aloud during the sessions
  • Asking for participant accessibility needs and doing our best to accommodate them.

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Sivan Rotholz is a professor of gynocentric Torah and creative writing. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Tel Aviv University, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Moishe House, and elsewhere, and has shared her Torah in synagogues and living rooms across the globe. Her writing has appeared in the Jewish Journal, 929, and Ritualwell, among other publications. She is the Education Director for Achayot – Jewish women writers, and is pursuing rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.

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