Showing posts from April, 2013

Welcome Back, Mayanot!

We are proud to present the new Mayanot blog to you, where we will be offering a window into the day to day lives our current students, as well as our alumni and partners. We will be updating the blog on a regular basis, so be sure to check back often! Please notice the labels on the side of this page that can direct you to articles involving our: Men’s Program Women’s Program   Alumni   Partners If you are interested in writing for our blog, or if you would like us to feature a link to your own personal blog, please be in touch! We are most interested in articles that describe what it is like to be a Mayanot student and articles that express how Mayanot has influenced your life. If you have a picture to accompany your article, even better! If you have a special talent or interest that you think we should know about, please be in touch and we would love to consider featuring you on our blog. Looking forward to hearing from all of you! Please send arti

Coloring in the Torah one Daf at a Time: The Rise of Talmud Learning in Female Seminaries

Written by: Jacqulyn Subar When I was little, my parents used to schlep me and my younger sisters to the Dallas Museum of Art. We would roam the halls examining paintings and objects, some no more than a square canvas painted orange and others containing so much action that one could become over stimulated. While I remember admiring some of the charcoal art pieces done in black and white I could not help but think that something was missing. Johannes Itten, a Swiss expressionist painter in the early 1900’s, once proclaimed that “color is life; for a world without colors appears to us as dead.” Though a painting of a house devoid of color still possesses the structure of a house, it is the color that helps the observer grasp the true beauty of the building and the artist’s intent. The same can be said for the Torah, which while it gives us the structure of Jewish life, often does not provide enough description. It is here that Talmud steps in, bringing a palate of color to the