Dr. Miriam Udel

Miriam UdelRegion: Atlanta, willing to travel
Honorarium: One time lecture $300-$600, Shabbat $1800-$2200

Miriam Udel is a professor of Yiddish language, literature, and culture at Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she studied the relation of Modern Jewish literature to other literary traditions. She has lectured widely for adults in Boston, New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC and New Haven and directed the Drisha Summer High School Program. She holds a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard and has studied at Matan and Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. Her essays and reporting have appeared in The Atlantic, The Forward, The New Republic, and Hadassah Magazine. A collection of her essays about feminism and religion is forthcoming. She is the mother of two young sons.

Personal Statement:
Broad topics of interest: Midrash; Connections between modern and classical Jewish literature; Yiddish literature; the lived experience of Orthodox Jewish feminism; parenting Jewishly; raising feminist daughters and sons. Sample topics include:


  • The Shekhina's Reluctant Withdrawal: A Talk for Tisha B'Av
  • Fishy Rebbes and Wise Rivers: The Ethics of Speech in Jewish Law and Culture
  • Planting Holiness: A Talk for Tu B'Shevat
  • The Matriarch Sarah: Isaac's Mother, Itzik's Muse
  • Superman and Everyman: Two Rabbinic Models of Sin and Forgiveness

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