Herman Lecture welcomes trailblazer in Jewish feminist thought

Posted: April 16, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Judith Plaskow is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College
Judith Plaskow is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College Photo courtesy of Judith Plaskow

It would be difficult to overstate the influence that religious studies scholar Judith Plaskow has had on the landscape of Jewish studies.

Twenty-six years ago, she wrote the first book of Jewish feminist theology with her 1991 classic Standing at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective.

On April 20, she will deliver the 2017 Max and Pearl Herman Lecture, presented by the Department of Religious Studies.

In her landmark book, Plaskow critiqued the patriarchal foundations of Judaism and women’s exclusion from the core of traditional Jewish thought and worship. What happened next was a paradigm-shifting re-imaging of Judaism, as feminist-minded scholars and practitioners alike sought to reshape the mainstream tradition in ways that supported women’s full participation.   

Plaskow is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, New York. She writes and speaks extensively on the subject of Jewish feminism and theology.

She is the author of several other books, including Sex, Sin and Grace: Women’s Experience and the Theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich (1980), as well as a collection of essays entitled The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics (2005).

She is the co-author of Women and Religion (1973), Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (1979), Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality (1989), and Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology (2016).

Plaskow is the co-founder of the Journal of Religious Studies in Religion and has formerly served as president of the American Academy of Religion.

Plaskow will present a lecture entitled Bathroom Anxiety: Frankness, Disgust and the Dilemmas of Being Human.

The Max and Pearl Herman Lecture, presented by the Department of Religious Studies, is an annual talk that aims to present a program of speakers focused on Judaism and religious tolerance.

All are welcome to attend this free public event.

Event: The 2017 Max and Pearl Herman Lecture
Date:   Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time:   7 p.m.
Venue: The MacKenzie Art Gallery, Agra Torchinsky Salon, 3475 Albert Street