Summer Course with Rabbanit Aliza Sperling
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15 PM Eastern
June 29-July 22
In this course, we will explore how a particular episode from the Garden of Eden narrative influences and is influenced by later biblical stories and interpretations. In particular, we will examine the Woman’s ‘punishment’ for eating from the Tree of Knowledge: “I will make most severe Your pangs in childbearing; In pain shall you bear children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” (Bereshit 3:16). What does this shocking statement mean? How is this “curse of Eve” subverted and transformed in later stories? Through close readings of the Biblical texts and an exploration of midrashim, we will glean new meanings from this troubling text.
This course is open to students of all skill levels and backgrounds and will be capped at ~25 students. English translation will be provided.
About Rabbanit Aliza Sperling
Rabbanit Aliza Sperling teaches Talmud at the Maharat-Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Beit Midrash Program. She is also the director of HerTorah, an innovative women’s Torah study and community program in Washington DC. Aliza is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and serves as a Wexner faculty member. She received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat and a JD from NYU Law School.