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Levine Lectures Across New York State

Levine_Michelle_New_300Dr. Michelle Levine, associate professor of Bible at Stern College for Women, recently delivered a number of lectures to various communities in New York.

In March, she spoke at the Young Israel of Oceanside for their annual Tanach be-Shanah Series on the topic, “Recording Nature’s Song in Sefer Tehillim.” She also spoke at Congregation Ohab Zedek, Belle Harbor, for Rosh Chodesh Adar, as well as in her own community in Kew Gardens Hills before Purim on “Revealing and Concealing: The Symbolic Role of Clothing in Megillat Esther.”

On the Shabbat before Pesach, she delivered a lecture in Kew Gardens Hills at Congregation Ohel Yizhak on “Megillat Shir Hashirim—The Eternal Bond between Hashem and Am Yisrael.” She was hosted in the Monsey community in May, where she spoke on Shabbat at Congregation Kehillas Bais Yehudah on “Perpetuating the Sinai Experience: The Message of the Mishkan” and on Sunday, for Congregations Bais Torah and Community Synagogue, as part of a Yom Iyun: Reflections on Shavuot and Beyond, on the topic, “The Nexus between Torah and Creation.”

In June, Levine presented a lecture on Shavuot in Kew Gardens Hills on “Our Matriarch Leah, Tamar, and Ruth: Mothers of Royalty.” She also delivered a lecture series in May and June to a women’s group in Holliswood on Song of Songs. Levine completed 17 consecutive years of learning with a women’s group in Kew Gardens Hills; this year, she taught a weekly series on the Books of Exodus and Numbers, focusing on the Wilderness Narratives.

In addition, Levine was a guest lecturer for the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Study this past semester, delivering four lectures on medieval biblical exegesis, including the commentaries of Rashi, Rashbam, Ramban, and Malbim.