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Saturday, February 14 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Passing the Pen: How Increased Literacy and Education Have Changed the Meaning of Torah

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While the contents of the written Torah and the oral Torah certainly contain a multitude of voices, access to "Torah-making" authority has always been limited by factors such as gender, literacy, and social status. In this session we will explore the ways in which shifts and expansions in access to "Torah-making" authority have contributed profoundly to the content and meaning of Torah over time and how the most recent expansions in access to both Jewish studies and the rabbinate are having a profound effect on contemporary Judaism and Torah.


Elsie Stern

Elsie Stern is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She teaches courses in Bible and Rabbinics at RRC and studies the ways in which Jews throughout history have transmitted and received Torah through text and oral performance. Her teaching... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST

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