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Judith: Hanukkah Heroine Excluded from the Hebrew Bible

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

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Get to know the story of Judith, the overlooked Hanukkah heroine. In this special Hanukkah class with My Jewish Learning, teacher and author Sandra E. Rapoport will present her original lecture, “Judith: Hanukkah Heroine Excluded from the Hebrew Bible.”

Who was Judith? Why is Judith’s image carved into centuries of Chanukah menorahs, and also painted on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel? What did Judith do that was heroic, and why is her story excluded from the Hebrew Bible?


Sandra E. Rapoport

Sandra E. Rapoport is an attorney, Bible teacher and award-winning author, whose books give voice to the women of the Hebrew Bible. Sandra was Resident Scholar in Law and Bible at Harvard University. Her third book, Biblical Seductions, won a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist Prize, and was a Boston Globe Top-Ten Bestseller. Sandra taught a popular class on Women in the Bible at the Manhattan JCC for eleven years, she has taught Tanach at the Drisha Institute, and she lectures widely, nowadays via Zoom as well as in-person. Sandra has written on the subjects of Bible, sexual harassment, and terrorism for, variously, The Wall Street JournalCommentaryJofa Journal, Amit and 929 English. Her essays on the weekly Torah portion appeared in New York’s The Jewish Week for ten years. Sandra’s newest book, The Queen & The Spymaster, is a historical novel based on the story of Esther.
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