Hineni: Adult Jewish Learning & Contemplative Practices

Faculty

Rabbanit Dalia Davis

Tuition

$72
Financial accommodations available

Date

Mondays

March 11, 25, April 1, 8, 15

Time

12-1 pm, CST

Location

On Zoom.

Your Zoom link will be provided upon successful registration.

Questions?

If you have difficulty accessing the meetings, or have problems with payment, please contact Sofia Flores for assistance. For questions about the class or other Hineni programs, please contact Rabbi Debra Rappaport.

Unnamed Women in the Torah 2: The Women of the Prophets

Much of TaNaKh (the Hebrew Bible) features men prominently, with women playing supportive roles, if they are present at all. Of the select few women whose stories and voices are heard, a surprisingly significant contingent are unnamed in the text. They are “the wife of”, “the daughter of”, or perhaps ‘“the woman from” a particular city. Their names are conspicuously absent.

During this course we will seek to peer through the veil of mystery surrounding these women. We will parse through the Biblical and Talmudic passages and plumb the depths of Midrashic texts seeking clues about the unnamed women. Together we will unpack the texts that depict women including Sisera’s Mother, Yiftach’s Daughter, and the Queen of Sheba.  As we do so, we will also consider why these women’s names may have been obscured and what commonality they share with one another.

Testimonials from Unnamed Women in the Torah 1

“The scholarship and warmth of the presenter, combined with the wide range and plethora of sources, made this course full of inspiration, wisdom, and knowledge.”

“Rabbanit Dalia is even more of a delightful teacher than I've heard. She's extremely knowledgeable and connects the course material well to other aspects of Judaism, both ancient and modern.”

“I didn't know what to expect - I loved the course!”

Rabbanit Dalia Davis is a Jewish educator and artist who is passionate about creating opportunities for healing and spiritual growth. She graduated from Yeshivat Maharat’s Advance Kollel, majored in Jewish History and Dance at Barnard College and studied in Israel at Nishmat. Dalia also received an M.A. in Jewish Education from Y.U. and a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from GPATS.

Dalia has enjoyed a variety of Jewish educational opportunities. She has served as Rosh Beit Midrash for Merkavah Women’s Torah Institute in Berkeley, taught Melton courses, and served as Jewish dance educator for the Foundation for Jewish Camps. Currently, she also teaches Judaic studies at Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School and is a research fellow in the Jewish Pedagogies of Wellbeing Fellowship for M2: Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.

She has created new initiatives inspired by the needs of the Jewish community and her desire to offer opportunities for growth and healing. Dalia created Beit Midrash in Motion, a fully embodied approach to Jewish learning. She also co-founded Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys, and served as its spiritual leader.

Dalia’s newest project is called V’yikarei Shemah B’Yisrael: The Unnamed Women in the Tanakh and Talmud, where she is creating a communal framework for learning about these women and offering them fitting names.

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