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A Feminist Talmud Page

In honor of Women's History Month, the Jewish Women's Archive and Hillel's* Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Learning are pleased to present "Women of Chayil," a post-modern Talmud page. Eshet Chayil (Proverbs 31:10-31) is the Biblical portrayal of the ideal Jewish woman. This Talmud page examines the tensions and sparks between the Eshet Chayil text, traditional Jewish commentary, and the voices of modern "Women of Valor." Join Beruriah, Bella Abzug, and several others in a dynamic conversation about the meaning and impact of a woman of "chayil."

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*The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is devoted to creatively engaging and empowering over 400,000 Jewish college students through its network of 110 Foundations and over 350 affiliates in North America, Europe, Israel and the states of the former Soviet Union. For more information about Hillel, please visit

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I would translate Esher Chayil as bold Jewish woman or assertive Jewish woman. Rabbi Allen S. Maller

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Jewish Women's Archive. "A Feminist Talmud Page." (Viewed on February 18, 2019) <>.


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