Bad Romance?: Rabbinic Love and Matrimony
Rachel Rosenthal / July 2, 2012
The rabbinic tradition is not known for its models of equality in relationships. However, the Talmud presents a number of stories of rabbis and their wives which transcend the boundaries of halakhic conversations and instead go in surprising directions. How do husbands treat their wives, and vice versa? What happens when there is a dispute and the wife can quote Torah to prove her point? Each class will examine the Talmud's portrayal of a couple to see what values lie within the rabbinic model of marriage.
Rachel Rosenthal teaches in the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program. She is a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at JTS, where she serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Talmud. A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she teaches at the Drisha Institute and in Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS. She has been a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Jewish Law at Cardozo Law School, and a Wabash Teaching Fellow at JTS. She is a member of the board of Darkhei Noam, where she serves as co-chair of the Ritual Committee. Rachel holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Rachel Rosenthal.