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Sunday, December 8 • 10:35am - 11:30am
Time is on Our Side: A New Look at Mitzvot Aseh She ha Zman Grama

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New historical research suggests that when the rabbis formulated the rule exempting women from time bound, positive commandments (m. Kid. 1:7), they were not attempting to regulate women’s time nor were they offering accommodations to a preconceived notion of women’s schedules.These new findings call into question the explanatory value of traditional explanations for the rule and consider the implications this new take will have for contemporary Jewish feminists.


Moderators
avatar for Professor Tamar Ross

Professor Tamar Ross

Tamar Ross is Professor Emerita of the Department of Jewish philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She has taught in many academic and religious settings in Israel, the United States, England and South Africa, and continues to teach at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem, with which she has been associated since its inception in 1976.  She has published widely on many topics relating to Jewish thought and the philosophy of halakha, including a book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

Dr. Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

Elizabeth Shanks Alexander is an associate professor of Talmud and Rabbinics in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1998. She has published widely in academic forums on gender and rabbinic literature. Her most recent book, entitled Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism, came out in April with Cambridge University Press. Alexander's other academic interests... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 10:35am - 11:30am
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