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A finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, Michal Lemberger’s story collection After Abel reimagines the lives of biblical women whose stories are often only briefly alluded to in the biblical text. Lemberger expands the narratives of these women in creative, compelling, and sometimes surprising ways.

In this participatory session Lemberger will lead a discussion of her adaptation of the biblical tale of Lot’s wife, providing an opportunity to explore a salient episode in the Torah through a different lens.

“Michal Lemberger liberates the voices that are trapped beneath the text. A reimagining of the biblical tales done with artistry and erudition.” – Rabbi David Wolpe

Michal Lemberger holds an MA and PhD in English from UCLA and a BA in English and Religion from Barnard College. She has taught the Hebrew Bible as literature at UCLA and the American Jewish University. Her debut collection, After Abel and Other Stories, was a National Jewish Book Award finalist, honorable mention for the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, and a National Jewish Book Club pick.