Speaking and Scholar in Residence

Rachels-portrait3-150x150Professor Rachel Adelman teaches Hebrew Bible and Midrash at the rabbinical school of Hebrew College in Boston, MA. Thought provoking and inspiring, Rachel provides an open and dynamic engagement with Jewish texts.  She draws on classic interpretation as well as modern literary readings, from Genesis Rabbah and Rashi to Kafka and Robert Alter.

For more information about Rachel…

What people are saying…

“Thank you for a most enlightening, engaging and entertaining talk on the influence of women on the lineage of the biblical rulers, especially King David….Your presentation was very well received and successful.” (Samara Katz, Director of Congregational Learning, Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill, MA) — April, 2016.

Just Some of Many Titles for Talks:

On Women in Tanakh and Midrash:

  • When the Women Refused to strip off their Finery (Why Rosh Hodesh
    is a women’s festival)
  • Abigail – Woman of Valor or Woman of Wile
  • Serah bat Asher – Songstress, Poet, and Woman of Wisdom
  • Recreating Eve
  • Women on the Edge – The Call for Divine Intercession

Jewish Thought and Tanakh:

  • The Bones of Redemption
  • Saul and Macbeth:  The Men Who Would Be King
  • The Jewish Myth of Prometheus
  • Jonah’s Sojourn in the Netherworld
  • The First Clothing
  • Elijah, the Wandering Jew
  • From the Cleft in the Rock: The Hidden Face of God in the Bible and Post-Holocaust Theology

Holidays (see also “On Women in Tanakh and Midrash” above):

  • “Not by Fire, Nor by Power…” (The Message of the Hanukkah Miracle)
  • Hanukkah Heroines of Yore
  • Elijah’s Cup
  • The Cry of the Shofar

Rachel has taught and served as scholar-in-residence for Torah in Motion, Mekorot, Shaarei Shomayim, Beth Tzedec and the UJA (in Toronto), Young Israel (Sharon, Ma), Lake Shore Drive Synagogue (Chicago, Il), Congregation Keter Torah (Teaneck, NJ), YCT Tanakh Conference (New York), Shaare Tefilla (Dallas), and Congregation Beth Israel (Berkeley), Meah and Maayan (Boston), and Kehillath Israel (Brookline, MA), Temple Emeth (Chestnut Hill, MA), Temple Emunah (Lexington, MA), and at Limmud Toronto (2007 and 2008), Boston (2011), Limmud New Zealand (2014), and England – 2003, 20005, 2008, and 2015).

To hear Rachel’s talk on Reading Rebekah Unveiled on you tube click here.

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