Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism / Edition 1

Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism / Edition 1

by Tamar Ross
     
 

Expanding the Palace of Torah offers a broad philosophical overview of the challenges the women's revolution poses to Orthodox Judaism, and Orthodox Judaism's response to those challenges. Writing as an insider (herself an Orthodox Jew), Ross seeks to develop a theological response that fully acknowledges the male bias of Judaism's sanctified texts, yet nevertheless… See more details below

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Expanding the Palace of Torah offers a broad philosophical overview of the challenges the women's revolution poses to Orthodox Judaism, and Orthodox Judaism's response to those challenges. Writing as an insider (herself an Orthodox Jew), Ross seeks to develop a theological response that fully acknowledges the male bias of Judaism's sanctified texts, yet nevertheless provides a rationale for transforming that bias in today's world without undermining their authority. She proposes an approach to divine revelation -- the theological heart of traditional Judaism -- which she calls "cumulativism." This approach is based on a conflating of strict boundaries between text and its interpretation, or divine intent and the evolution of human understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584653899
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
HBI Series on Jewish Women
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. IThe first stage : acknowledging the problem1
Ch. 1Feminism and the Halakhic tradition3
Ch. 2Sources of discontent and the conservative response25
Pt. IIThe second stage : working within the system47
Ch. 3Exploring Halakhic malleability and its limits49
Ch. 4The meta-Halakhic solutions of modern orthodoxy60
Ch. 5Does positivism work?71
Pt. IIIThe third stage : revamping the system101
Ch. 6Sociological and historical revisionism103
Ch. 7Evaluating revisionism125
Ch. 8Halakhic proactivism145
Pt. IVBeyond the third stage : expanding the palace of Torah163
Ch. 9Halakhah contextualized : nonfoundationalism and the role of interpretive traditions165
Ch. 10The word of God contextualized : successive hearings and the decree of history184
Ch. 11Some theological remarks for the more philosophically inclined213
Pt. VEpilogue225
Ch. 12Visions for the future227

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