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Saturday, August 31 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Dissident Bodies: Reimagining Disability in Talmud & Jewish Theology

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What makes a body fit for holy service? While the book of Leviticus forbids priests with “blemishes” from serving at the altar, the Talmudic discussion of this prohibition challenges straightforward notions of disability and opens up provocative possibilities for disabled priests. This session couples the study of traditional texts from Bible, Mishnah, and Talmud with contemporary spiritual writing on disability to reimagine the power and potential of dissident bodies in Jewish thought and practice.

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Julia Watts Belser

Georgetown University
Julia Watts Belser is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. She focuses on rabbinic literature and Jewish ethics, with particular interests in Jewish feminism, LGBT/queer culture, environmental thought, and disability studies. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion... Read More →

Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm

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