Edwin and Marilyn Bierman 5780 Scholar in Residence with Dr. Marjorie Lehman

Edwin and Marilyn Bierman 5780 Scholar in Residence with Dr. Marjorie Lehman

5780 Edwin and Marilyn Bierman Scholar in Residence

We are excited to welcome Dr. Marjorie Lehman, associate professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Her research in the field of Talmud and Rabbinics centers on four areas: Talmudic Aggadah, through a study of the 16th-century Ottoman collection of aggadic material, the En Yaaqov; Jewish gender studies, through an examination of Tractate Yoma using the lens of gender and a study of depictions of mothers in Jewish culture; the history of the Hebrew book as the co-director of a digital humanities project, Footprints; and the scholarship of teaching, through a focused study of how students learn to read and critically analyze rabbinic texts.

Dr. Lehman published The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus (Wayne State University Press, 2012). The book was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award–Nahum Sarna Memorial Award in the Scholarship category. Recently she co-edited two books, both of which were finalists for the National Jewish Book Award: Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, March 2017) and Learning to Read Talmud: (Academic Studies Press, 2016).

Bierman Scholar in Residence Schedule: Women in the Talmud

Friday, March 20th, 2020 – Cancelled (to be rescheduled)

6:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat services

7:00pm Dinner catered by Madison Park Catering, $25/person (Pre-register and pay here by March 16th)    

8:30pm Lecture: ‘You Never Call, You Never Write!’: Examining the Relationship between Mothers and their Priest Sons

Hallowed by some, criticized by others—mothers have been depicted as all that is good and sacred in the Jewish family and as overbearing, guilt-inducing, and interfering. Come and study Talmudic texts that explore how the rabbis used images of mothers and their sons to express their own wishes and concerns for a developing rabbinic culture in the aftermath of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 – Cancelled (to be rescheduled)

9:30am Shabbat services with D’var Torah: Queen Helene of Adiabene: Gift-giving and the Jerusalem Temple

This week’s parasha highlights the many gifts that the Israelites donated for the purpose of building the tabernacle in the desert. But gift giving continued well into the rabbinic period and included gifts from women as well. What can we learn from Queen Helene’s gifts to the Jerusalem temple? What were the rabbis trying to communicate to us through her gift-giving choices?

12:30pm Kiddush lunch

1:15pm Lecture: The ‘#MeToo Movement’ and the Lessons of Batsheva and David

In the wake of recent concerns about how to impart judgement in ‘Me-Too’ moments, we will explore the biblical story of David and Batsheva. We will think together about what this story has to say about who and what to believe. We also discuss what it is we can learn from the rabbis about what it means to create safe spaces in the complicated world we presently inhabit.


$180 Be a pillar of the Scholar in Residence program*

*includes $25 for dinner plus $155 donation to support Scholar in Residence into the future


All events take place at Congregation Beth Shalom. Learning is free and open to the public.



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