Monday, May 12, 2008

Nechama Leibowitz

On Iyov's blog,
    Observant Judaism has a rich tradition of women teachers. Any list of the top ten Bible teachers of the twentieth century would certainly include the great genius Nechama Leibowitz. Nechama was a deeply observant Orthodox Jew. She won the highest award granted to Israeli residents, the Israel Prize, very soon after it was created. She trained both men and women, and taught at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. Her studies on the Torah are deep, and are still popularly consulted. (I consult them regularly -- and although I never met her, I consider her to be a deeply influential teacher to me.) Some of her gilyonos in English translation are collected here and in Hebrew here (HT to Gil Student for the Hebrew link).

    (Note: while many of her materials are online, I recommend buying the multi-volume edition of her works -- this page sells her sets in both Hebrew and English.) Read the rest here.

In case you don't know Iyov, if he were a Shakespeare play he would be Hamlet. I answered that quiz myself, got a little muddled up on their website, didn't even like the play I turned out as, and decided not to post my results. But hey, it's a lot more fun than which church father you are.

Oh, this was my diagnosis. I think this is accurate enough.

You scored 27% = Tragic, 39% = Comic, 39% = Romantic, 30% = Historic

Hey, wait a minute. I am way more historic than that. What gives? Just post it, Suzanne, post it.


Iyov said...

I would like to point out that using the highly accurate algorithm realized by the quiz, I am "Highly regarded as the best play ever written by anyone ever. . . . Your results tell us that you are no doubt of high intelligence and cultural grace. While sometimes a bit dark and moody, you still have the poise and respect of a royal noble."

Well, I'd be too modest to say so myself, but, what can I do? It was doubtlessly produced by a team of highly trained psychometric Ph.D. experts specially flown in from Princeton just for the purpose. As I said: "highly accurate."

Or, it could be באבע מעשה.

Suzanne McCarthy said...

How is that? An old wives' tale? You or Hamlet?

Here is part of mine. No wonder I am so embarrassed!

While you may be a bit of a fickle-heart, you are also a spontaneous and adventurous person with a big heart and a lot of love to give.

Who wants to be fickle! The rest is spot on, of course.

Bill Heroman said...

Just wondering...

"a rich tradition" going how far back in history, exactly?

Suzanne McCarthy said...

In the book I just read on Herbert of Bosham, about the Middle Ages, it seems that Jewish women were better educated and more literate than Christian women at that time. I think, overall, Jewish women have an extremely literate tradition and one that we cam learn from.

Bill Heroman said...

How "middle"?

Just wondering specifically...