See her BIO page above for a list of further publications.
March 2009 Schocken, now available in paperback
Avivah’s teaching schedule: In Israel:
Avivah will not be giving her regular classes in Jerusalem until after Succoth 2015.
She will give a short series about Moses at Beit Avi-Chai in October-November 2014.
Lecture Tour 2015 April 16-May 19 April 19 New York JCC 7pm April 20 Chicago April 21 UCLA Hillel April 22 Santa Barbara April 23 LA April 26 Berkeley, JCC of the East Bay 7pm #7 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley Ph 510-848-0237 April 27, BerkeleyGraduate Theological Union#6 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 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 2014 Lecture Tour Topics There will be a new list for 2015
1.Bewilderments: The Sin of the Spies The turning point of the
Israelites' wilderness journey is the narrative of the Spies. When the people
declare their intention to return to Egypt, is it fear that drives them?
Or is it deeper issues of love and hate, trust and skepticism? We will explore
this central narrative through the prism of midrashic, literary, and
2.‘Fragment of a life:' On reading Jonah
What is Jonah’s
motivation in fleeing from God? In this brief, fraught text, a profoundly human
tension reveals itself, culminating in the enigmatic final chapter. What would
it mean for Jonah to be found by God?
be or not to be:' a tale of five sisters The five daughters of Zelofchad
figure in a unique brief narrative which throws them into a relation of some
tension with Moses. We will study this intriguing narrative, with the help of
midrashic and hassidic sources. In what sense can this be considered a feminist
4.‘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.
5.Through the Looking Glass: Impossible
We will explore the far-ranging implications of an
extraordinary midrash about a woman, a man, and a mirror in the killing fields
6.‘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?
not I say ‘Amen’?’ – Balaam and Moses
is the foreign prophet whose narrative takes place in a foreign country. Why is
this narrative included in the Israelite wilderness history? How are Balaam’s
curses and blessings relevant to Israel’s experience? And to our experience as readers?
Midrashic and psychoanalytic insights will enrich our exploration