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Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies To Bring Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal to YINR

Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) at Young Israel of New Rochelle is proud to present Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. (ET) on Zoom. Bar-Asher Siegal will be the second speaker of the 2022-2023 season in the monthly scholarly programming offered by WIJS at YINR.

Dr. Bar-Asher Siegal will speak on the topic: “A Talmudic Monk: R’ Shimon bar Yochai’s Stay in a Cave.”

Bar-Asher Siegal is a scholar of rabbinic Judaism. Her work focuses on aspects of Jewish-Christian interactions in the ancient world, and compares early Christian and rabbinic sources. She is a faculty member in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and was an elected member of the Israel Young Academy of Sciences. In this academic year, she is the Horace Goldsmith Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies at Yale University.

Her first book is “Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud” (Cambridge University Press, 2013, winner of the 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award). Her second book is “Jewish-Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretic Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud” (Cambridge University Press, 2019). The latter book was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2019.

All WIJS programming is open to women and men. Visit www.yinr.org/wijs  to view the complete WIJS 2022-23 schedule. For more information, to be added to the WIJS email list, or for Zoom information, call (914) 636-2215 or email [email protected]. Individuals on the WIJS mailing list will automatically receive the Zoom information.

By Tamar Croog

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