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Miriam, Mother of Rebellion

Portraits of Biblical Women

A series of text-based classes on the life of Miriam as illuminated by the Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalah and other primary sources.

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Lesson 1: Introduction
This first class in the series introduces the historical context in which Miriam lived—the oppressive and bitter conditions of the Jewish people’s slavery in Egypt.
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Lesson 2: Childhood Courage
How Miriam as a five-year-old girl already displayed immense bravery by defying the wicked Pharaoh’s order to help kill the newborn Israelite males.
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Lesson 3: Conviction and Belief
We learn how Miriam—whose name means both “bitterness” and “rebellion”—did not respond passively to the bitterness of her people’s plight, but instead rallied the women of her generation to have faith that freedom would soon come.
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Lesson 4: Miriam’s Song
How Miriam overcame darkness and found the power to be joyful, as well as to bring joy to others.
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Lesson 5: Miriam’s Eternal Legacy
In this final class of the series, we learn about the powerful symbolism of the “Well of Miriam”—a lifegiving spring of water that followed the Jewish people in the wilderness in the merit of Miriam.
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