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Sunday, January 20 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
A Talmudic Witch-Hunt: Trans-ing the Boundaries of Identity, Magic, & Power

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The session engages in a close literary reading of a captivating Talmudic narrative (BT Gittin 45a). Particular attention will be given to the power dynamics within rabbinic culture: how authority is consolidated by drawing boundaries that delimit an inside and an outside, an "us and a them." We will consider how this story, which is set on the margins of rabbinic society, unsettles, even suspends the established societal order. Indeed, it problematizes much of what we know about how the Talmud conceives of gender and sexual identity, knowledge and elite authority. Listening to the voices and counter-voices within this Talmudic tale will enable a broader, philosophically-informed, and relevant conversation about structural power and the prospects of its disruption.

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Gilah Kletenik

Gilah Kletenik is an academic, Jewish educator, and rabbi. She is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University where she focuses on philosophy and Jewish thought. Gilah was featured as a young leader re-imagining Jewish life in The Jewish Week’s “36... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST