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Sunday, January 15 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm
“Women Have Minds”: A Text Study on Women and Zimmun

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Are three women required to make a zimmun when eating together or is this ritual only optional for women? Do ten women constitute a quorum for zimmun? May men and women join together to create a zimmun of three and may women be counted in the ten with men to add to the blessing of God? How much did women’s knowledge and education affect the rulings of the poskim in this area? These and other questions will be discussed in this session by examining sources from the Talmud through to modern legal Rabbinic literature.


Atara Lindenbaum

Atara Lindenbaum is currently studying towards a Master of Urban Planning at Hunter College. She has taught Tanach, Talmud and Jewish History at Maimonides, Beren Academy and Ramaz. Atara is a graduate of the Matan Advanced Tanach Program, as well as Hebrew University's Melton Program for Jewish Education. Atara lives in Riverdale with her husband and 3 daughters.

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Rav Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is a senior lecturer in Mishnah, Talmud and halakha, at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching for almost twenty years. She created and teaches a course on women’s participation in Jewish ritual and another course on sexual ethics. Rahel writes articles and lectures widely in both Israel and abroad on topics concerning women and Jewish law, and recently published the book “A... Read More →

Sunday January 15, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
East Ramp

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