is not a simple retelling of Numbers but rather a Talmudic commentary of a high
order based on artful Hebrew prose and poetry….Zornberg displays her own
superior hermeneutic skills as she calls on the teachings of vaunted rabbinic
authority, Midrashic tradition and the homilies of Hasidic masters…. A
powerful, important textual deconstruction of the mystical fourth book of the
“Zornberg’s grasp of the rabbinic interpretations of the
text (as well as of Jewish philosophy generally) is masterful, and the meat of
her work is in relating these interpretations to the spiritual and
psychological questions, or bewilderments, evoked by the book of Numbers.” —Publishers Weekly
See her BIO page above for a list of further publications.
New Photo courtesy of Joan Roth 2014
Avivah’s teaching schedule: In Israel:
Avivah will not be giving her regular classes in Jerusalem until after Succoth 2015.
Lecture Tour 2015 April 16-May 19 April 19 New York JCC 7pm http://www.jccmanhattan.org/cat-content.aspx?catid=2856&progid=31370 April 20 Chicago April 21 UCLA Hillel April 22 Santa Barbara April 23 LA April 26 Berkeley, JCC of the East Bay 7pm 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley Ph 510-848-0237 April 27, BerkeleyGraduate Theological Union 9am Easton Hall 2401 Ridge Road ⋅ Berkeley CA 94709 9:00am-11:00am Information: firstname.lastname@example.org April 28-30 Vancouver May 1-3 Toronto May 4 NYC May 5 NYC AJC Women's Leadership University 12:30pm- 1:30 pmLilli Platt email@example.com 165 E.56th between third and Lexington. Fee includes lunch and a copy of Avivah's new book May 6 Philadelphia May 7 Princeton University Hillel May 9 NYC Bronx HIR Riverdale May 12-13 Boston May 14, NYC Skirball Center May 15-17 New Haven Avivah’s cell phone 347 366 0769
May 2015Lecture Tour Topics ( incomplete)
'Sing – now! – to God!' Miriam and Moses The history of Miriam, the
prophetess who speaks enviously of her brother Moses, offers an intimate
glimpse of the tensions between brother and sister, both leaders, both prophets.
Midrashic material will illuminate this mysterious relationship.
from an Unknown Woman: Joseph's dream
Joseph dreams provocative dreams; his brothers' hatred grows because of them;
Jacob apparently dismisses them. But according to Freud, all dreams contain a
'navel,' a spot that defies understanding, that 'reaches into the unknown.' In
the midrash, that unfathomable element in the lives of Jacob and Joseph is
represented by Rachel, the 'unknown woman' in their narrative. Literature,
film, and psychoanalytic thought will enrich our study.
3. The Pit and the Rope: Recovering Joseph We will explore the complex history of Joseph, left for dead in a
pit, sold as a slave, finally viceroy of Egypt. Consulting midrashic sources
and other commentaries, traditional and modern, we will attempt to trace the
trajectory of his inner life. Psychoanalytic and literary material will aid us
in our quest: What happened to the light in Joseph's face?
4. 'And I am a Stranger:' Becoming Ruth Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown
woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which
she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious
tradition? How does destiny come about?