This course will look at the Tanakh’s construction of the “Other” as a tool for Israel’s self-understanding. It will address Ancient Israel’s fear of, and attraction to, the Other, and the ways in which the Tanakh addresses that deep, internal, national struggle. Most importantly though, it will look at those ways in which Tanakh subverts its own stereotypes, teaching compassion and humanism as it demands difference.
About the Educator Yael Leibowitz
has her M.A. in Judaic Studies from Columbia University. Prior to making Aliyah, Yael taught Tanakh in the Upper School of Ramaz, and then went on to join the Judaic Studies faculty at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She has taught Continuing Education courses at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and served as Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan. She is currently teaching at Matan and Pardes as she continues her studies at Bar Ilan.
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