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Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

October 19, 2022

12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/Online

A Publication of the HBI Series on Jewish Women.

Join HBI as we speak and learn with Tamar Biala, editor of “Dirshuni: Contemporary Women’s Midrash,” the first ever English edition of an historic collection of midrashim composed by Israeli women.

“How thrilling to have this rich collection of women’s midrashim in our hands. The melding of scholarship, deep insight, and creativity in this brilliantly edited volume yields fresh new feminist perspectives on classical Jewish tradition. We are truly blessed to have this resource for understanding biblical texts and rabbinic commentaries.” -- Marcia Falk, author of “Night of Beginnings: A Passover Haggadah”

“Dirshuni” is available at Brandeis University Press, Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

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October 26, 2022

7-8 p.m. ET/Online

HBI Scholar in Residence and University of Arizona professor Max Strassfeld argues that rabbinic literature’s eunuchs and androgynes profoundly shaped ideas about law, as the rabbis constructed intricate  classifications of gender across dozens of texts to understand an array of cultural tensions. In doing so, “Trans Talmud” deftly expands and challenges how we understand gender in Judaism.

"In a world that seeks to erase our history and our bodies, these texts provide images of a past where we may have existed, albeit with complexities. To study Talmud is to dream our past into the future, and to engage in the act of traveling through time accompanied by our ancestors’ voices. . . .As queer, trans and nonbinary Jews do the work of consciously creating a usable past, “Trans Talmud” invites us to do so with more integrity and precision."—Lilith Magazine, read the full review

Podcast / Listen to Shalom Hartman Institute's Yehuda Kurtzer in discussion with Max Strassfeld

“Trans Talmud” is available at the University of California Press, Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

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November 9, 2022

7-8 p.m. ET/Online

A publication of the HBI Series on Jewish Women

Join HBI as we discuss this new, groundbreaking short story collection of feminist fiction with its editors, Susan Weidman Schneider and Yona Zeldis McDonough of “Lilith Magazine.” 

The range of stories, written by 44 different authors, some bestsellers; others emerging talents with ages ranging from their 20s to their 80s, comes right out of Jewish women’s lives today: transgressive loves, deepening connections, political turmoil, abortion, fear of loss, struggles with fertility, with body and soul, with finding community, with decoding family life. No one voice here represents the whole, but the stories interact with one another, like the tiles in a mosaic or the instruments in orchestral music.

“Frankly Feminist” is available at Brandeis University Press, Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

HBI is a network member of the Jewish Book Council (JBC).

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January 25, 2023

7-8  p.m. ET/Online

Join HBI as we speak, listen, and learn with Joy Ladin, widely published essayist and poet, literary scholar and author of "Shekhinah Speaks." In this new collection of compelling poetry, Ladin elucidates and channels the voice of the Shekhinah, Judaism’s feminine aspect of G-d, who speaks in the fundamental language of true universal love about our current conditions and challenges.

“In resplendent voice, Ladin reminds us we may yet be ‘comforted,’ if we can hear the Shekhinah speaking in us, if we who have ‘forgotten’ can remember that wherever we are, she is.” —Shara McCullum

HBI is honored to have supported Joy Ladin’s writing during this project. 

“Shekhinah Speaks” is available at Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

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