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Scholar-In-Residence Weekend with Judy Klitsner

Past Sessions
Sunday, March 19, 2023 26 Adar 5783 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, March 18, 2023 25 Adar 5783 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday, March 17, 2023 24 Adar 5783 - 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

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Continuing our year-long theme of the “Year of the Woman in Judaism,” our annual Scholar-in-Residence
Weekend, revived last year after a long hiatus, will be held on March 17 through 19 and will feature
master educator Judy Klitsner. Klitsner is senior lecturer on Bible study at the Pardes Institute for Jewish
Studies in Jerusalem and has lectured extensively throughout the world at universities and synagogues.
An author of several books, including Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each
Other, she lends her accessible and engaging interactive style of presentation to an exploration of the “vibrant
conversations” that take place between the Bible’s many parallel stories.


The Dueling Stories of Noah and Jonah: How Similar Stories Say Opposite Things About
Human Transformation
Is it possible for human beings to change? To reveal the Bible’s complex treatment of this question, we will explore
the narratives of Noah and Jonah: two stories that share a remarkable number of themes, words, and details—
yet at the same time, present opposing views on the notion of authentic and lasting inner transformation.

Session During Lunch:
During lunch, Judy will share her experiences with promoting women’s roles in Orthodox prayer groups.

Session After Lunch: Brothers Crying Out from the Ground: The Biblical Origins of Our Divided Society
For its first human beings, the Bible presents a strife-ridden nuclear family; for its first murder, a fratricide.
As we examine several sibling-centered stories in the Book of Genesis, we will draw a line from these narratives
to the Jewish people today, noting the enduring theme of fractiousness among “siblings.” In our explorations,
we will seek signs of hope for repair.

The Patriarch and the Priest: Why Do Jewish Leaders Have Non-Jewish Mentors?
What happens when the Bible’s greatest leaders face personal and spiritual crisis? In our textual journeys,
we will examine the encounters of troubled “Jewish” leaders with mysterious “non-Jewish” priests, who provide
counsel and guidance. Our exploration will consider larger questions about leadership, about chosenness,
and about relations between Jews and non-Jews.

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