Tradition & Innovation

Femme Fatale or Fierce Woman Warrior? Writing Feminist Midrash

Led by Sivan Rotholz
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 1:00–2:15 PM 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 four powerful women of biblical literature. This four-part series kicks off with Delilah, the archetype of the femme fatale. Then, just in time for the Festival of Lights, find out whether Judith was a manipulative manslayer or a Hanukkah heroine. Next meet Tamar, the Bible's black widow, before the series comes to a head with Yael, who teaches us what it really means to smash the patriarchy. Each week we will pair the story of an unforgettable biblical woman with midrash and poetry that sheds new light upon her, reflecting together on what she has to teach us, and adding our 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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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.

Found in: Pursuing Justice, Hanukkah

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