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MM’s Henkin to read some sex in the Heebish Bible

Posted by Oyster on December 3, 2008

David  <3 's his soul-patch.

David ❤ 's his soul-patch.


Each trimester, you are invited to experience an exciting hour of Jewish text study led by Bay Area scholars. Join us for coffee, study, and shmooze.

“Mandrakes, Sisters, and Sins: Reading Sex in the Hebrew Bible”

In this class we will explore a brief and enigmatic passage in the Biblical account of the sexual politics of Jacob’s household (and the genealogy of Israel).  Come discover the power of mandrakes, the mystery of silent letters, and the pleasures of very close reading.

Professor David Henkin

David M. Henkin is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches United States history. He is the author of City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York and The Postal Age: The Emergence of Modern Communications in Nineteenth-Century America David has taught (and, where appropriate, chanted) traditional Jewish texts in the Bay Area for the past twenty years. More recently, he is co-founder of the Mission Minyan in San Francisco.

Sunday, December 7

10:30 – 11:45 am

Rinder Chapel, Temple Emanu-El, SF

Free and open to the public.


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