The Scroll of Mordekhai: Everything Upside Down
Join special guests Tamar Biala and Yael Karenak for a reading of the regendered Megillat Esther from the Toratah Project, an initiative to regender the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) by reversing the genders of all characters.
You can also explore the Scroll of Mordekhai online.
Tamar Biala has taught in various batei midrash, rabbinical schools, and adult education programs in the United States and Israel. At the Shalom Hartman Institute she trained teachers and IDF army officers. She is the co-editor of Dirshuni (Volume I) with Nehama Weingarten-Mintz and in 2018, edited Volume II. She has recently completed an English edition of Dirshuni, to be published by Brandeis University Press. Currently she is working with Yael Kanarek on the Toratah project: Regendering the Jewish Bible. Learn more on her blog.
Yael Kanarek has been a practicing visual artist and jewelry designer working across various media for 30 years. In her work, she explores the role of language and narrative in forming a worldview. In 2016, after a decade of Kabbalah studies in the tradition of Baal Hasulam and in response to the stunning void of canonical literature that codifies women’s experiences in the sacred, she began rewriting the Torah by reversing the genders of all characters. In 2019, Tamar Biala joined the initiative, and in 2020, they founded Beit Toratah. Yael Kanarek earned her MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY.