Born Into Debt

Rabbi Aviva Richman

The (Egalitarian?) Gift of Hiyyuv

Is hiyyuv a burden, responsibility or privilege? Is everyone "born into" religious obligation equally, or does the experience of hiyyuv divide along social and experiential lines such as gender? 

Through the lens of wide-ranging Jewish texts, from classical rabbinic sources to modern Jewish philosophy, to feminist ethnography, we will probe the way hiyyuv intersects with real needs and commitments we hold dear, and confront the power and challenge of an egalitarian view of hiyyuv.