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Revel evening on Nehama Leibowitz on October 22

NL montage graphic_thumbNehama Leibowitz, one of the most influential Tanakh teachers of the 20th century, will be the focus of the inaugural event of Revel’s special lecture series this year. The evening program, “Nehama Leibowitz and Tanakh Study: Yesterday and Today,” will take place on Tuesday, October 22. It will open with recollections of Nehama from Mrs. Esther Manischewitz of Teaneck, NJ, a student of hers from the 1930’s, followed by Associate Dean Mordechai Cohen’s lecture on Nehama Leibowitz’s integration of parshanut ha-miqra (traditional Jewish Bible interpretation) and literary analysis in light of contemporary theory.

In addition to studying with Nehama at the Jerusalem Teacher’s Seminary, Mrs. Manischewitz, who grew up in pre-state Israel, was also a close neighbor of hers in Qiryat Moshe, living just two doors away from Nehama’s parents. She will relate unique reflections on Nehama as a young teacher, a wife and a daughter—soon after her arrival from Berlin.

Professor Cohen studied with Nehama in the 1980’s, and regularly conversed with her regarding his doctoral research on the literary conceptions of the medieval Jewish commentators. Nehama shared with him recollections of her scholarly training in Germany, and how she arrived at her own methodology based on literary theories emerging in the 1920’s that she regarded as a valuable alternative to historical-critical Bible scholarship and used to gain a deeper appreciation of the tradition of parshanut ha-miqra.

Watch the video intro  to Revel's upcoming program about Nehama Leibowitz, with news about school developments and select classroom scenes from the start of the new semester:


Program information:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
8 p.m.
Furst Hall, 5th floor
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY  10033

Parking available in the YU lot (E) on Amsterdam Avenue and 183rd Street

Sponsorship opportunities for this event and future Revel programs to promote academic Jewish scholarship are available. Please email Rabbi Ari Rockoff or call 212.960.5400, ext. 6168.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Stuart Halpern,, 917.597.9359

To see the event flyer, click here: Nehama Leibowitz Flyer.