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Mrs. Sarah Rudolph

Sarah Rudolph is a Jewish educator and freelance writer. She has been sharing her passion for Jewish texts of all kinds for over 15 years, with students of all ages. Sarah's essays have been published in a variety of internet and print media, including Times of Israel, Kveller, Jewish Action, and more. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn with students all over the world.
Miriam the Prophetess

Miriam the Prophetess

Chumash (Bible: Torah)
Mrs. Sarah Rudolph

In recent semesters, we examined the stories of a number of women in "The Bold and the Beautiful." One major heroine who was not discussed in that course is Miriam. While we have little information about her appearance, Miriam certainly proves herself "bold" time and time again. We will examine some of these stories, through the lens of midrashic literature and classical commentaries, to get to know Miriam more deeply. Attention will be paid along the way to differences in methodology between various interpretations, including in particular how midrashim approach the biblical text to uncover its secrets.

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Lessons From Gidon

Lessons From Gidon

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)
Mrs. Sarah Rudolph

In a story spanning several chapters, Gidon rises from the lowest of the low to emerge victorious against an enemy that had terrorized the Jewish people for years. The process through which he gains the confidence to fight Midian and lead his people is remarkable and contains numerous messages about leadership, faith, and other motifs. We will explore some of these ideas through a careful reading of the text, aided by classical commentaries and midrashic interpretations. As we learn how Gidon came to rise and how his sons came to fall, we will uncover some of the many ways this story of the Prophets is relevant for all time.

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The Bold and the Beautiful: A Study of Women in Tanach

The Bold and the Beautiful: A Study of Women in Tanach

Chumash (Bible: Torah)
Mrs. Sarah Rudolph

Did Sarah share her husband’s devotion to God, or was she just a secondary figure along for the ride? What motivated Esther to finally take charge and save the day in Shushan? What do traditional rabbinic scholars think of surprising heroines such as Rachav, Devorah, Yael, and others? In this course we will engage in close study of the Bible's accounts of these and other women, developing our own insights while examining the insights of a range of classical commentaries spanning the full history of Jewish Bible study and interpretation. Some of these women are famous; some less so. Some are heroic; some perhaps not so heroic. Some are beautiful; all are bold, often taking action in unexpected ways. Together, we will develop our appreciation of the depth and complexity of these women and their contributions.

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Other Courses By Mrs. Sarah Rudolph


Lessons From Gidon
Miriam the Prophetess
The Bold and the Beautiful: A Study of Women in Tanach
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