Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition

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AWARDED: 1998 Lambda Literary Award, spirituality/religion category

One of the first women to be ordained as a rabbi explores how lesbians can shape Jewish tradition to resonate with their own experience.

-Makes a solid contribution to both Jewish feminism and lesbian and gay studies, breaking new ground in its focus on transforming Jewish religious life from a lesbian perspective. . . . Writing in a straightforward, inviting-sometimes ...

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AWARDED: 1998 Lambda Literary Award, spirituality/religion category

One of the first women to be ordained as a rabbi explores how lesbians can shape Jewish tradition to resonate with their own experience.

-Makes a solid contribution to both Jewish feminism and lesbian and gay studies, breaking new ground in its focus on transforming Jewish religious life from a lesbian perspective. . . . Writing in a straightforward, inviting-sometimes pastoral-voice that reaches out to a larger audience, Alpert defines lesbianism in a multi-faceted way that allows her to examine shifting understandings of lesbians in Jewish tradition. -Women's Review of Books -An extremely valuable and visionary source for Jewish lesbians who long to be recognized and to participate fully in mainstream synagogue life. . . . The author is to be congratulated for bravely taking on such an all-consuming topic and writing such an accessible, powerful and provocative book. -Lambda Book Report -Like Bread on the Seder Plate will capture the interest of many readers with varying levels of knowledge of Jewish and lesbian history; it will guide and enable their future study; it will inspire readers to implement many of Alpert's specific suggestions toward the transformation of Jewish tradition; and it will serve as an excellent resource for scholars of both Jewish and lesbian cultures in the United States. -American Studies International

1998 Lambda Literary Award, spirituality/religion category1999 Award for Scholarship, from Jewish Women's Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology; Jewish Women's Caucus of the Association for Women in Psychology's Award for Scholarship;

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American Studies International
An excellent resource for scholars of both Jewish and lesbian cultures in the United States.
Women's Review of Books
A solid contribution to both Jewish feminism and lesbian and gay studies, breaking new ground in its focus on transforming Jewish religious life from a lesbian perspective.
Lambda Book Report
An extremely valuable and visionary source for Jewish lesbians who long to be recognized and to participate fully in mainstream synagogue life.... The author is to be congratulated for bravely taking on such an all-consuming topic and writing such an accessible, powerful and provocative book.
Women's Review of Books
Makes a solid contribution to both Jewish feminism and lesbian and gay studies, breaking new ground in its focus on transforming Jewish religious life from a lesbian perspective. . . . Writing in a straightforward, inviting-sometimes pastoral-voice that reaches out to a larger audience, Alpert defines lesbianism in a multi-faceted way that allows her to examine shifting understandings of lesbians in Jewish tradition.
Lambda Book Report
An extremely valuable and visionary source for Jewish lesbians who long to be recognized and to participate fully in mainstream synagogue life. . . . The author is to be congratulated for bravely taking on such an all-consuming topic and writing such an accessible, powerful and provocative book.
American Studies International
Like Bread on the Seder Plate will capture the interest of many readers with varying levels of knowledge of Jewish and lesbian history; it will guide and enable their future study; it will inspire readers to implement many of Alpert's specific suggestions toward the transformation of Jewish tradition; and it will serve as an excellent resource for scholars of both Jewish and lesbian cultures in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231096614
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/1998
  • Series: Between Men - between Women Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Alpert is assistant professor of religion and women's studies at Temple University and is a codirector of the Women's Studies Program. She is the coauthor of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Lesbian and Jewish: What's the Problem? 1
2 Troubling Texts from Torah 17
3 Jewish Lesbian Interpretation of Torah 37
4 Haznea Lekht Im Elohekha: Jewish Lesbian Visibility 53
5 Ahavat Hesed: Transforming Relationships 71
6 Asot Mishpat: The Commitment to Justice 97
7 Modern Texts: Jewish Lesbian Sexuality 113
8 Modern Texts: Jewish Lesbians and Gender Nonconformity 133
9 Contemporary Jewish Lesbian Fiction 151
10 Visions for the Future 163
Notes 169
Glossary 189
Works Cited 193
Index 207
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