“That was no lady, that was my wife!” – Stories of Rabbis and Their Wives
Miriam Gedwiser / July 20, 2014
The women of the Talmud both preserve rabbinic traditions and challenge them. Although usually the Rabbis' wives are invisible and unheard, occasionally we get a peak at their personalities, their concerns, and their relationships with their rabbi husbands. We will study the story of a wife who dresses as a prostitute to catch her husband's attention and another who resorts to unusual means to have a conversation about contraception, among others. In addition, many of the rabbis' wives carried their own traditions with them into their marriages, and we will examine episodes where wives teach Torah to their husbands.
Miriam Gedwiser is a faculty member at Drisha and teaches Talmud and Tanakh at the Ramaz Upper School. She has a B.A. in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law. Miriam studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and in the Drisha Scholar’s circle. She previously practiced commercial litigation at a large law firm and clerked for the Hon. Debra Freeman, U.S.M.J., in Manhattan. Miriam serves as a guest lecturer at synagogues and programs around the Northeast, and has written on topics of Jewish and Torah interest for The Lehrhaus, The Forward, the Center for Modern Torah Leadership blog, and Project 929. Miriam lives Teaneck, New Jersey with her family.