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Friday, February 15 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Christian Midrash: Medieval English Bible Plays as Midrash

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Medieval English Theatre mostly consisted of shows in church courtyards depicting biblical stories. Some of our best known Torah stories are reimagined -- Isaac keen to be sacrificed, commandments delivered directly from burning bushes, and an altogether human villain -- Cain ruthlessly slaughtering an impossibly perfect Abel.  Let us see how these plays can deepen our connection to our own versions of the stories, can challenge how we learn midrash, and can teach us about ourselves in the process.

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Alma Smith

Alma chaired Shabbat Limmud in England this winter. She specialises in demonstrating how Christian literature can deepen our relationship to key ideas and texts within Judaism. In her London hometown she is the co-convener of Keshet UK, the forum promoting LGBT inclusion in the British Jewish community, she is involved in various grass-roots minyanim and works as a trainee social worker. She studied English at Cambridge and Judaism at Pardes... Read More →

Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Brunswick C ballroom level