And He Created them:
Gender and Judaism
from Genesis to Yentl

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And He Created them:
Gender and Judaism
from Genesis to Yentl

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Meredith Reiches  (Read Bio)
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 & 3/27
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Course fee: $225, financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Meet the instructor: Meredith Reiches

Since 1977, the Chrisitan right has used the rallying cry “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” to anchor rejection of same-sex partnerships in the claim that, in the Book of Genesis, God created two sexes, full stop. But is that really what the text says? In this class, we will look closely at representations of sex (or is it gender?) in Tanakh, starting with the curious invocation of “the sharp one and the perforated one” as the first humans. Our explorations will take us from Biblical verses and commentary to legal disputes in Talmud and to contemporary debates about gendered life cycle rituals like Brit Milah and the wedding ceremony. Alongside religious Jewish texts, we will track the ways gender shows up in popular Jewish books, theater, and film. We will also draw on the history of how biologists, anthropologists, and doctors conceptualize sex and gender. You will leave with an appreciation of how a deceptively simple divide blossoms into a complex, beguiling plurality, with new possibilities for the way we understand our tradition and ourselves.

For more information, contact meah@hebrewcollege.edu