Daughters Of The King

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Daughters of the King explains women’s involvement in and around the synagogue from its antecedents in the biblical period to contemporary times. The role of women in the synagogue is a most timely but potentially divisive issue. Grossman and Haut have demonstrated the historical diversity of women’s roles in Judaism, to record first-person accounts of the innovative practices now being introduced for and by women throughout the Jewish community, and to consider how these new realities will help to shape the ...
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Overview

Daughters of the King explains women’s involvement in and around the synagogue from its antecedents in the biblical period to contemporary times. The role of women in the synagogue is a most timely but potentially divisive issue. Grossman and Haut have demonstrated the historical diversity of women’s roles in Judaism, to record first-person accounts of the innovative practices now being introduced for and by women throughout the Jewish community, and to consider how these new realities will help to shape the religious life of Jewish women in the future. The contributors represent an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, drawing from history, anthropology, sociology, medieval studies, women’s studies, Jewish law, the Bible, the Talmud, and rabbinic thought. The book will be of interest to lay reader and scholar alike, to Jews and Christians, feminists, synagogue leaders, and clergy.
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Editorial Reviews

Lilith
Scholarly yet reader-friendly....complemented by extensive bibliographical notes.
Jerusalem Report
Daughters of the King is scholarly and timely advocacy, with the guts to stand its ground.
Congress Monthly
This book will become the standard book for the many Jewish women now meeting informally to study Jewish texts and history from a female perspective. It is intellectually challenging but accessible.
Library Journal
Both editors have totally divergent views regarding Jewish religious observance (one is Orthodox, the other Reform) yet both are deeply committed to the concept of women's participation in synagogue worship. Historically, the role of Jewish women in public worship has been limited. This excellent compendium devotes one section to historical source material and another to halacha (Jewish religious law). The fascinating essays in the third section are authored by a broad spectrum of contributors and contain personal religious reflections vis-a-vis new modes of worship. The topics include the experiences of three generations of Iranian women, becoming a rabbi, becoming a cantor, egalitarianism and the Havurah movement, and growing up Lubavitch. This is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Judaism or women's issues.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr. Lib., Phila delphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827604414
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 10/15/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 0.83 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Abbreviations
Preface: Daughters of the King
Introduction: Women and the Synagogue 3
1 History
Women and the Jerusalem Temple 15
Women and the Ancient Synagogue 39
Women and the Synagogue in Medieval Cairo 51
Women's Voices, Women's Prayers: The European Synagogues of the Middle Ages 59
Tehines: A Brief Survey of Women's Prayers 73
2 Halakhah
Are Women Obligated to Pray? 89
Purity and Piety: The Separation of Menstruants from the Sancta 103
Mehitzah: Halakhic Decisions and Political Consequences 117
Women's Prayer Groups and the Orthodox Synagogue 135
Women and the Conservative Synagogue 159
Language and Liturgy 183
3 Contemporary Realities
The Synagogue as a Sacred Space for the Elderly Oriental Women of Jerusalem 205
From Persia to New York: An Interview with Three Generations of Iranian Women 217
The Impact of the Jewish Women's Movement on the American Synagogue: 1972-1985 227
Personal Vignettes
Growing Up Lubavitch 238
On Being a Rebbetzin 242
Egalitarianism and the Havurah Movement 245
On Being a Rabbi 250
On Becoming a Cantor 253
Building Synagogue Skills 258
On Being a Hazzanit 261
Bat Mitzvah: Coming of Age in Brooklyn 265
Celebrating Simhat Torah in Jerusalem 271
The Presence of Women 274
The Sefer Torah Comes Home 279
On Wearing Tallit and Tefillin 282
Finding Comfort After Miscarriage 284
A Ritual for Affirming and Accepting Pregnancy 290
Looking to the Future: Conclusions 297
Glossary 307
Contributors 313
Key Sources 317
Index 321
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