The Madwoman in the Rabbi’s Attic: The Tale of Yalta the Shrew


Sunday, October 31, 2021    
11:30am - 12:30pm

Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the male/female body? And what possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband’s wine? Join us as scholar Gila Fine guides us through an exploration of the comic tale of Yalta, read through Aristotle and Euripides, William Shakespeare and William Congreve, Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich and R. Kook.

Gila Fine is editor-in-chief of Maggid Books (Koren). She also teaches Aggada at Pardes, exploring the stories of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis and pop culture. Fine has previously taught at Hebrew University, TAU and LSJS. Haaretz has called her “a young woman who is on her way to becoming one of the more outstanding Jewish thinkers of the next generation.”

This free event takes place at the Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Israel of Boston and online. Click here to register.