Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism / Edition 1 by Tamar Ross | 9781584653899 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism / Edition 1

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

by Tamar Ross
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584653892

ISBN-13: 9781584653899

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

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

Overview

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:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
Part IThe First Stage: Acknowledging the Problem1
Chapter 1Feminism and the Halakhic Tradition3
Chapter 2Sources of Discontent and the Conservative Response25
Part IIThe Second Stage: Working Within the System47
Chapter 3Exploring Halakhic Malleability and Its Limits49
Chapter 4The Meta-Halakhic Solutions of Modern Orthodoxy60
Chapter 5Does Positivism Work?71
Part IIIThe Third Stage: Revamping the System101
Chapter 6Sociological and Historical Revisionism103
Chapter 7Evaluating Revisionism125
Chapter 8Halakhic Proactivism145
Part IVBeyond the Third Stage: Expanding the Palace of Torah163
Chapter 9Halakhah Contextualized: Nonfoundationalism and the Role of Interpretive Traditions165
Chapter 10The Word of God Contextualized: Successive Hearings and the Decree of History184
Chapter 11Some Theological Remarks for the More Philosophically Inclined213
Part VEpilogue225
Chapter 12Visions for the Future227
Notes251
Index309

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