Rebecca Lesses

Rebecca Lesses

Associate Professor and Jewish Studies Coordinator, Jewish Studies
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Specialty:Jewish Studies
Phone:(607) 274-3556
Office:413 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Welcome to my faculty web page!

For the 2014-2015 academic year I was on a research leave at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, Germany. This was a very rich year, both in terms of my scholarship, what I learned from colleagues at the Center for Religious Studies, and my own personal experience living as a Jew in Germany. My project for the year was called Angels' Tongues and Witches' Curses: Jewish Women and Ritual Power in the Ancient World. Since my return in the fall of 2015 I have continued to work on it and in November of 2016 I will be presenting a paper at the Society of Biblical Literature conference on women, early Jewish mysticism, and Gnosticism.

On this site, you can read information about my book, Ritual Practices to Gain Power, about my current courses, course policies, and about my family history (letters of historical interest, and columns written by my grandfather Richard Wilson, who was the Washington bureau chief for the Des Moines Register from 1933 to 1970).

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