People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective / Edition 1

People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective / Edition 1

by Howard Eilberg-Schwartz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791411702

ISBN-13: 9780791411704

Pub. Date: 07/01/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

By shifting attention from the image of Jews as a textual community to the ways Jews understand and manage their bodies — for example, to their concerns with reproduction and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth— this volume contributes to a revisioning of what Jews and Judaism are and have been. The project of re-membering the Jewish body has both

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By shifting attention from the image of Jews as a textual community to the ways Jews understand and manage their bodies — for example, to their concerns with reproduction and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth— this volume contributes to a revisioning of what Jews and Judaism are and have been. The project of re-membering the Jewish body has both historical and constructive motivations. As a constructive project, this book describes, renews, and participates in the complex and ongoing modern discussion about the nature of Jewish bodies and the place of bodies in Judaism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791411704
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1992
Series:
SUNY Series, The Body in Culture, History, and Religion
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: People of the Body1
1The Problem of the Body for the People of the Book17
2The Garden of Eden and Sexuality in Early Judaism47
3The Great Fat Massacre: Sex, Death, and the Grotesque Body in the Talmud69
4Mizvot Built into the Body: Tkhines for Niddah, Pregnancy, and Childbirth101
5Purifying the Body in the Name of the Soul: The Problem of the Body in Sixteenth-Century Kabbalah117
6Images of God's Feet: Some Observations on the Divine Body in Judaism143
7God's Body: Theological and Ritual Roles of Shi'ur Komah183
8The Body Never Lies: The Body in Medieval Jewish Folk Narratives203
9The Jewish Body: A Foot-note223
10(G)nos(e)ology: The Cultural Construction of the Other243
11Zionism as an Erotic Revolution283
12Menstruation and Identity: The Meaning of Niddah for Moroccan Women Immigrants to Israel309
13Why Jewish Princesses Don't Sweat: Desire and Consumption in Postwar American Jewish Culture329
14Challenging Male/Female Complementarity: Jewish Lesbians and the Jewish Tradition361
Contributors379
Index383

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