Inclusivity as Idealism:The Other in the Tanakh as Basis for Self-Understanding


Yael Leibowitz

Subject: Tanakh Semester Course

Dates and Days: Monday
ט' באדר א' תשפ"ד -י"ד בסיוון תשפ"ד
02.18.2024 - 06.20.2024

Time: 11:30 - 12:30

Where: Hybrid course -Zoom And In-person At Matan HaSharon - 4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 580 NIS

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Course Description

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 Master’s degree in Judaic Studies from Columbia University. Prior to making Aliyah, Yael taught Tanakh at the Upper School of Ramaz, and then went on to join the Judaic Studies faculty at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women where she taught advanced Bible courses. 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 Women’s Institute for Torah Learning and is a frequent lecturer in North America and Europe. Yael has a book forthcoming on Ezra-Nehemiah through Koren Press, in collaboration with the Matan Kitvuni fellowship. For more of Yael’s writing visit:

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