DU-CU Week of Jewish Philosophy, "Embodiment in Jewish Feminist Theology" with Prof. Mara Benjamin

April 10

11:30am - 1:00pm

Religion & Feminism
Fifth Annual CU-DU Week of Jewish Philosophy with Professor Mara Benjamin
April 10 & 11, 2019


The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver are pleased to welcome Professor Mara Benjamin as the 2019 visiting scholar for the annual CU-DU Week of Jewish Philosophy. Benjamin will present two events on the CU Boulder and DU campuses on the theme Religion and Feminism.

Embodiment in Jewish Feminist Theology
University of Colorado Boulder Symposium
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Space is limited; location provided upon RSVP

Description: Can human bodies be holy? Can they help us understand the divine, or only separate us from it? In contesting the denigration of both corporeality and women in Western thought, feminist theologians have identified the embrace of embodiment as a central task. In the eyes of Jewish feminist thinkers, rabbinic texts and practices offer a mixed legacy for embarking on the project of reclaiming the role of the body. Professor Mara Benjamin's talk will examine embodiment as both obstacle and path to God, using Rachel Adler’s “Tumah and Taharah: Ends and Beginnings” (1976) and her later recantation of that essay, “In Your Blood, Live: Re-Visions of a Theology of Purity” (1993).