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What About the Women? A Search for a Useable Past

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

Much is known about the lives of medieval Jewish Rabbis. The famous sages, Rashi, R. Tam, the Tosafists, and others have been studied for many generations. Yet little has been said about the lives of women during this period. This talk will focus on the daily lives of Jewish women in Ashkenaz (Germany and Northern France) in the medieval period (12th and 13th centuries). Their family responsibilities and religious practices as well as male attitudes towards the place of women in Jewish society will be examined, using written sources as well as art from the period. This event will take place at 10:00 am PDT/1:00 EST.

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