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Jewish Perspectives of Women (REL378) [Formerly Feminism and Jewish Perspectives of Women (REL478)]
Major topics taught in this course include: Multifaceted work of a woman; gratitude as the root of all service of G-d; Avigail’s gratitude saves her husband and his estate; labor and birth as a metaphor for the coming of the Moshiach; affliction is sent to solicit prayer; prayer as a prerequisite for salvation; chessed and salvation; women of boundless chessed; maariv as a prayer of special connection; women and maariv; childbirth and tzaar gidul banim rectify Chava’s sin; parenthood enhances service of G-d; parent-child relationship mirrors relationship with G-d; praying for the sex of a baby; leading role played by women in Jewish holidays; women’s obligations regarding holidays; Rachel and her descendants bring about salvation; Leah’s essence; Rachel is identified with the sheep; Esther didn’t reveal her origins; revelation on Mt. Sinai as the “wedding” of the Jewish People with G-d. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Foundation course in Jewish Law and gender issues.