Conference Proceeding: Rachel and Yalta: New Perspectives on Talmudic Women

Discussed during this talk will be two relatively new Israeli novels, portraying female Talmudic characters:
• Yochi Brandes's Ha-Pardes Shel Akiva (translated into English as: The Orchard)
• Ruhama Weiss's Yalta (currently in the process of being translated into English)
These books, written from the point of view of the female main characters, flesh out these Talmudic personalities, giving them a voice and a back story, adding depth to the Talmudic text. The books offer a new interpretation of Talmudic literature, focusing on the experiences of women and making them the heroes not only of their own story, but also of the Jewish people.