The Linked Narratives of Ruth, Esther and Shir HaShirim
Miriam Krupka, Dean of Faculty and Chair of the Tanakh Department at the Ramaz Upper School, will present this lecture on Tuesday March 6 at 8pm at Young Israel of New Rochelle. This lecture, sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies, is free and open to women and men.
Purim, Pesach and Shavuot all revolve around the strange "romances," in which the woman's unique relationship with her male partner is indicative of something deeper about society and how it is structured. Ms. Krupka will analyze how the stories and language used in Ruth and Esther compare, contrast and actually build on each other to create a third narrative between the lines: the third megillah of Shir HaShirim. Taking a mostly textual look at their story arcs, language and characters, she will explore questions about philosophy, politics, leadershipp, democracy, chaos, and what it means to build a society. The lecture will incorporate some classical literary and philosophical sources.
Ms. Krupka holds a B.S. in Finance from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from the Bernard Revel School of Jewish Studies. She completed an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Columbia University, where her thesis work focused on the messianic writings of Isaac Abravanel. Ms. Krupka has lectured widely to adult audiences in a variety of venues.