Shmitta: From Biblical Narratives to Contemporary Perspectives

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Shmitta: From Biblical Narratives to Contemporary Perspectives

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

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A virtual event presentation by Dr. Rabbi Avital Hochstein


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In this class we will look at the diverse biblical narratives of Shmita, how they play out  – practically and ideologically, in later Talmudic and Halachic sources and ponder what this all had to do with our current day awareness of the challenge and threat to sustainability



Dr. Rabbi Avital Hochstein is president of Hadar in Israel. Hochstein has done research and taught at many institutions, among them the Shalom Hartman institute where she was a research fellow and the Pardes Institute where she was the Rosh Kollel.  She is one of the founders of Shira Hadasha in Jerusalem. Along with Prof. Chana Safrai she wrote the book “Women out, women in: the place of women in midrash” (Yediot Aharonot, 2018). Her PhD focuses on the 8th chapter of tractate Sanhedin and utilizes a literary read of halachic material combining tools from gender studies. She received ordination from R.Daniel Landes and from the Beit Midrash Le’Rabbanut Yisraelit.