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Women's Voices in Jewish History

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Join Rena N. Lauer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and Religious Studies, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, OSU in this fascinating discussion.

What we know about Jewish women in the premodern past (and, indeed, all women in the premodern past) most often comes from the pens of men, whether from biblical, rabbinic, or historical texts. But what about the voices of women themselves? In these two sessions we will look at a few writings in which we can actually hear voices of medieval and early women themselves. These will include snippets from memoirs, prayers, wills, and courtroom testimony, among other texts. We'll get a sense of some real, 3-D women who lived at various times between 1000 to 1800, what they cared about, and how they described themselves and their lives. No need to read in advance.

Each session will involve some discussion of the historical context (Jewish women's lives in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period), followed by reading and discussion about the documents. 

Event Date: 
Sunday, December 10, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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