WIJS (Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies)


Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies 

Dr. Yael Ziegler

“Samson and David: Mirror Characters and the Freedom of Choice”

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Fierce in their courage and ferocity, Samson from the tribe of Dan and David from the tribe of Judah each descend from tribes that are compared to lions – but they employ their lion-like characters in vastly different ways. What does the Tanakh expect from these mirror characters, and how do their similarities manifest themselves in their personal stories? Dr. Ziegler will explore what the stories of these two pivotal biblical figures teach us about human nature, destiny, and the power of human choice.

Dr. Yael Ziegler is a senior lecturer in Tanakh at Herzog College and Matan. She holds a B.A. from Stern College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler has lectured on Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. She is the author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative, Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, and a book on Megillat Eikhah scheduled for publication in 2019. Dr. Ziegler lives in Alon Shvut, Israel, with her husband and their five children.

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Nomi and Ben Smilchensky for sponsoring this event in loving memory of Rabbi Joel Smilchensky in commemoration of his 4th yahrzeit.

Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) is a program with the mission of introducing outstanding women Jewish studies scholars to the Westchester community. Now in its fourth year, this well attended program features speakers from both the United States and Israel through a series of lectures held throughout the year at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. 

All lectures are free of charge and open to both women and men. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Please click here for the WIJS Schedule 2017 – 2018.

For further information or to be added to the WIJS mailing list, please email wijs@yinr.org or call 914-636-2215