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Saturday, February 16 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Queen Esther: Feminist Heroine or Just Another Pretty Face?

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Queen Esther is often held up as the most powerful of Jewish women, for, after all, she was a Queen! But what were Esther's tools in becoming queen? What tools were at a woman's disposal in Biblical time and are these tools positive or negative? We'll look at some of the Biblical and Rabbinic sources on Queen Esther and attempt to understand if and how Esther can be a positive role model for us today. The session is open to all, and sources will be available in both English and Hebrew.

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Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom E ballroom level