Gender Symbolism in Bible, Talmud & Midrash, Kabbalah and Hasidism
Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Rabbi Nehemia Polen, Ph.D. (Read Bio)
Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew College
Dates: 5 Tuesdays, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 & 3/14
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $190, generous financial aid is available
Hosted by: Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
This seminar introduces biblical and rabbinic sources for gender in the divine realm and androgyny; the symbolism of sun and moon; Malkhut and receptivity; masculine and feminine potencies and the drama of divine unification; carnal knowledge and the body of engenderment; Shekhinah’s liminality, exile and exaltation; and the symbolism of daughter/wife/mother. As we read primary texts (in translation), we will also consider the views of contemporary scholars such as Arthur Green, Moshe Idel, Tsippi Kauffman, Charles Mopsik, Biti Roi, and Elliot Wolfson on the significance of gender imaging of the divine.
Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.