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On Suffering and Metaphors: Limits and Opportunities

Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz / August 10, 2020

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The book of Eichah is saturated with metaphors that serve to capture a range of emotions in the wake of the destruction. The rabbis of the Midrash also draw on metaphor to grapple with the impact of loss, drastic change, guilt and anger. In this class, we will immerse ourselves in these metaphors, and consider the power and failings of using metaphor to navigate suffering. 


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Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz

Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz is the chair of the Bible department at the SAR High School, and is the founding director of Makom B'Siach at SAR, an immersive adult education program for parents. She has taught Bible for the Wexner Heritage program, and she is also an adjunct faculty member of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, where she teaches the Pedagogy of Tanakh. She is a graduate of the Drisha Institute's Scholars Circle, and completed her PhD in Midrash at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 as a Wexner Graduate fellow. Dr. Jacobowitz is currently at work on a parsha book, geared towards parents reading to young children. She lives in Teaneck, NJ with her husband, Prof. Ronnie Perelis, and their four children. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Tammy Jacobowitz.


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