The Imahot & God
We hear a lot about Avraham’s acknowledgment of God and the tests through which he grows in his relationship with Him. We hear about Yitzchak being offered to God and speculate about how that might have affected him. We watch Yaakov experience prophetic instructions and promises. But what about their wives? Were our foremothers simply swept along for the ride, introduced to God through the prisms of their husbands’ prophecies and destinies, or did they have independent relationships with Him that shaped their own destinies? Join Mrs. Sarah Rudolph and explore the stories of Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah, through close reading of the Torah enhanced by insights of commentators and midrashim, to discover how and when each of our matriarchs came to engage with G-d in her own right and in her own way.
Sarah Rudolph is a freelance Jewish educator, writer, and editor. 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, OU Life, The Lehrhaus, TorahMusings, and more. She is Editor-At-Large, Deracheha: womenandmitzvot.org. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn online with students all over the world.