Becca Hartman-Pickerill

Becca Hartman-Pickerill works at Interfaith Youth Core to promote the civic value of religious pluralism. She has a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Northwestern University and an MA in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has experienced radical hospitality living in South Africa and China and is currently grateful to be home in Chicago. 

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Five Sisters Who Fought the Patriarchy

by Becca Hartman-Pickerill 03-14-2016

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The Jewish people were nearing the end of their 40 years wandering through the desert when Moses orchestrated a census to determine how the promised land would be divided among families when they arrived. Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah were five sisters. The fact that they are often referred to as the “daughters of Zelophehad” or the “daughters of Z” reflects the patriarchy of the day (in which, for instance, land was only passed to a male heir). “Z” had died in the desert, and these women of the wilderness advocated for themselves with Moses.

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