Women in the House: Professor Renee Levine Melammed on a 17th-Century Woman Rosh Yeshiva


What happens when the head of a Kurdish yeshiva has no sons?  He prepares his daughter to be the next rosh yeshiva of course!  Dr. Renée Levine Melammed, Professor of Jewish History, tells the story of Asenath Barazani, scholar and decisor of Jewish law, who was a major figure in 17th-century Mosul, Kurdistan. Watch the video below:

 

Read a brief article on Asenath Barazani.

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