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Judith the Chanukah Heroine

Hosted By: The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Too scandalous for the Jewish canon, considered the world’s first work of historical fiction, and saved from obscurity by early Christians, the Book of Judith contains one of the most riveting tales of Jewish literature. A wise widow, a cunning temptress, and a fierce warrior, Judith is a hero to rival Queen Esther and a femme fatale of Delilah caliber. But what does Judith’s story have to do with Chanukah, and why on earth are we supposed to eat cheese on the holiday of fried foods in her honor? Join us for this one-of-a-kind Chanukah learning to discover Judith’s story and its message for today.

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Sivan Rotholz

Sivan Rotholz is a professor of gynocentric Torah and creative writing. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Tel Aviv University, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Moishe House, and elsewhere, and has shared her Torah in synagogues and living rooms across the globe. Her writing has appeared in the Jewish Journal, 929, and Ritualwell, among other publications. She is the Education Director for Achayot – Jewish women writers, and is pursuing rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.
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The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Melton is a pluralistic Jewish educational network that engages adult learners in accessible study of Jewish texts and ideas.
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