Gender and Jewish History

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By revealing the importance of gender in interpreting the Jewish past, this collection of original essays highlights the profound influence that feminist scholarship has had on the study of Jewish history since the 1970s. Gender and Jewish History considers the impact of gender on Jewish religious practices and political behavior, educational accomplishments and communal structures, acculturation and choice of occupations. The book stimulates conversations on such topics as Jewish women's creativity and ...

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Overview

By revealing the importance of gender in interpreting the Jewish past, this collection of original essays highlights the profound influence that feminist scholarship has had on the study of Jewish history since the 1970s. Gender and Jewish History considers the impact of gender on Jewish religious practices and political behavior, educational accomplishments and communal structures, acculturation and choice of occupations. The book stimulates conversations on such topics as Jewish women's creativity and spirituality, violence against women, Jews' reactions to persecution in the Holocaust, and Judaism as lived religion and culture. Honoring Paula Hyman,
one of the founders of Jewish gender studies, this volume shows gender to be an eye-opening entry into realms of Jewish history previously untouched by it.

Indiana University Press

Winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies and Collections

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World

"Written by authorities in their fields, these essays are nevertheless accessible and uncover many previously hidden aspects of social, cultural, religious, and political Jewish life since the mid-18th century." —Jewish Book World, Fall 2011

Religious Studies Review

"[T]he subject matter of the essays shows how gender analysis can and should belong in a variety of fields and areas of study, from religious thought to the history of art to activism and politics. The result is a fitting tribute to one of the great historians of modern Judaism." —Religious Studies Review

ForeWord

"Gender and Jewish History makes an important contribution to our understanding in three ways. First, it gathers together eminent and emerging scholars in one comprehensive collection. Second, its essays are engaging and wide-ranging in focus, depth and breadth, and accessibly written, without dense academic jargon, so that nonacademics can dig in, as well. Finally, it's a moving testament to just how much an individual can influence the development and trajectory of an entire scholarly field through persistence, persuasion and extraordinary vision." —ForeWord

H-Judaic

"Marion A. Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore have created a worthy tribute to Hyman's pioneering role in establishing gender as an essential component in the scholarly interpretation of the Jewish experience." —H-Judaic

Atina Grossmann

"A major collection of scholarship that contains the most up-to-date, indeed cutting-edge work on gender and Jewish history by several generations of top scholars." —Atina Grossmann, The Cooper Union

Jewish Daily Forward

"Imagine sitting down for delicious tapas at a long table with a group of old friends. The flavors are nuanced and varied, while the conversation is lively, provocative and deeply engaging. Reading Gender and Jewish History, edited by noted historians Marion A. Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore, is a bit like that imagined leisurely meal.

" —Jewish Daily Forward

The Jewish Quarterly Review

"[T]he incredible breadth of essays in Gender and Jewish History proves that few topics in modern Jewish history can be understood without paying attention to gender, as a set of relationships that structure power." —The Jewish Quarterly Review

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"Gender and Jewish History makes an important contribution to our understanding in three ways. First, it gathers together eminent and emerging scholars in one comprehensive collection. Second, its essays are engaging and wide-ranging in focus, depth and breadth, and accessibly written, without dense academic jargon, so that nonacademics can dig in, as well.
Finally, it's a moving testament to just how much an individual can influence the development and trajectory of an entire scholarly field through persistence, persuasion and extraordinary vision."
—ForeWord

"Written by authorities in their fields, these essays are nevertheless accessible and uncover many previously hidden aspects of social, cultural, religious, and political Jewish life since the mid-18th century." —Jewish Book World, Fall 2011

"A major collection of scholarship that contains the most up-to-date, indeed cutting-edge work on gender and Jewish history by several generations of top scholars."
—Atina Grossmann, The Cooper Union

"Marion A. Kaplan and Deborah Dash Moore have created a worthy tribute to Hyman's pioneering role in establishing gender as an essential component in the scholarly interpretation of the Jewish experience." —H-Judaic

"[T]he incredible breadth of essays in Gender and Jewish History proves that few topics in modern Jewish history can be understood without paying attention to gender, as a set of relationships that structure power." —The Jewish Quarterly Review

"Imagine sitting down for delicious tapas at a long table with a group of old friends. The flavors are nuanced and varied, while the conversation is lively, provocative and deeply engaging. Reading Gender and Jewish History, edited by noted historians Marion A. Kaplan and
Deborah Dash Moore, is a bit like that imagined leisurely meal.

" —Jewish
Daily Forward

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253355614
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Series: The Modern Jewish Experience
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marion A. Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York
University.

Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of
Michigan.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Deborah Dash Moore Marion A. Kaplan 1

Part 1 Women's Culture in Modern Jewish History

1 How Does a Woman Write? Or, Pauline Wengeroff's Room of Her Own Shulamit S. Magnus 13

2 Wives and Wissenschaft: The Domestic Seedbed of Critical Scholarship Ismar Schorsch 27

3 Jews, Women, and Coffee in Early Modern Germany Robert Liberles 44

4 Water into Blood: Custom, Calendar, and an Unknown Yiddish Book for Women Elisheva Carlebach 59

5 "The Murdered Hebrew Maidservant of East New York": Gender, Class, and the Jewish Household in Eastern Europe and Its Diaspora Rebecca Kobrin 72

6 Jewish Courtship and Marriage in 1920s Vienna Marsha L. Rozenblit 88

7 "Did you bring any girls?" Gender Imbalance in a Jewish Refugee Settlement: Sosúa, the Dominican Republic, 1940-1945 Marion A. Kaplan 104

8 The Contribution of Gender to the Study of the Holocaust Dalia Ofer 120

Part 2 Gendered Dimensions of Religious Change

9 Women in the Thought and Practice of the European Jewish Reform Movement Michael A. Meyer 139

10 German Orthodox Rabbinical Writings on the Jewish Textual Education of Women: The Views of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer David Ellenson 158

11 Gender and Conversion Revisited Todd M. Endelman 170

12 The Politics of Love in Lev Levanda's Turbulent Times Chaeran Y. Freeze 187

13 Fruitful Weaving: Eve and Penelope as Icons in the Poetry of Linda Pastan Anne Lapidus Lerner 203

14 Vernacular Kabbalah, Embodiment, and Women in the Early Modern and Contemporary Periods Chava Weissler 215

15 Telling Stories: The Legal Turn in Jewish Feminist Thought Claire E. Sufrin 233

Part 3 Jewish Politics in American Accents

16 "The Call to Action": Margaret Sanger, the Brownsville Jewish Women, and Political Activism Judith Rosenbaum 251

17 "Too Good to Have Been Made by a Woman": American Jewish Women Artists as Political Activists from the 1920s to the 1940s Lauren B. Strauss 267

18 Walkers in the City: Young Jewish Women with Cameras Deborah Dash Moore 281

19 Assembling Eichmann's Shackles Deborah E. Lipstadt 305

20 Golda and the Court Jew: Golda Meir, Henry Kissinger, and the Persons They Denied Michael Scott Alexander 320

21 Gendered Journeys: Jewish Migrations and the City in Postwar America Lila Corwin Berman 336

22 Constructing Manhood in American Jewish Culture Beth S. Wenger 350

Afterword: An Emancipating Experience: The Jews of France in Paula Hyman's Oeuvre Richard I. Cohen 367

Bibliography of Paula E. Hyman's Works 383

List of Contributors 389

Index 395

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