The Madwoman in the Rabbi’s Attic: The Tale of Yalta the Shrew with Guest Scholar Gila Fine


October 31, 2021


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT


Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the male/female body? And what possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband’s wine? Join us as we explore the comic tale of Yalta, read through Aristotle and Euripides, William Shakespeare and William Congreve, Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich and R. Kook.

Gila Fine is editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren). She also teaches Aggada at Pardes, exploring the stories of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis and pop-culture. Gila has previously taught at Hebrew University, TAU and LSJS. Haaretz has called her “a young woman who is on her way to becoming one of the more outstanding Jewish thinkers of the next generation.”

This is a free online event and open to all. Click here to RSVP and receive the Zoom link. 

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