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Julia Belser

Scholar in Residence Rabbi Julia Belser

  • Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
  • Time: 2:00pm3:00pm

Topic: The Politics of Risk and Resistance: Gender, Disability, and State Violence in the Talmudic Tale of Shimon bar Yohai
After his insult incites the wrath of the Roman Empire, Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai eludes arrest by sheltering for thirteen years in an isolated cave—an experience that results in a profound transformation of his mind and body. In this session, we’ll discuss the story with an eye toward power and privilege, gender and disability politics, the long reach of empire in the rabbinic imagination, and the insights this story offers for our own pandemic times.