From the Publisher
"Those who seek to connect to Torah and Jewish practice will discover fresh strategies for imagining a Judaism which reflects and respects women."
Vanessa L. Ochs, author of Words on Fire; Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
"A re-reading of the Torah from a woman's perspective that is both liberal and traditional, accepting and critical.... Her discussions will open new avenues of understanding for any reader."
Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut, editor of The Torah: A Modern Commentary
"Combines original insight with thorough consideration of classical Jewish commentaries to produce a fascinating set of fresh readings of the Torah and of Jewish religious practice."
Prof. Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
"In wrestling with the thorny and seemingly intractable issue of what feminists can and should do about the sexist content in Judaism ... blazes a trail that leads to the transformation of Judaism from within.... A pioneering and inspiring 'Guide for the Perplexed' for feminists of our time."
Aviva Cantor, author of Jewish Women, Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life
"The book is a thought-provoking commentary, revealing the female spirit found in the Torah. Synagogue libraries would find this book a good addition to their collection of Torah study and women's issues."
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
One focus of feminist discussion of Hebrew scripture is how little we know about biblical women. Traditionally, biblical commentary was an arena reserved for male scholars. Goldstein's thesis is that women are central to discussions of the Bible. In his introduction, Irving Greenberg discusses how the Reform and Orthodox communities will react to his endorsement of a book, written by a female Reform rabbi. What is more important is that feminists and traditionalists are coming to terms and accepting each other. Goldstein divides her work into three sections: women, menstruation, and the vestiges of ancient goddess-worship. She juxtaposes biblical quotations with personal musings, and supports her discussion with the work of contemporary scholars, providing ways for readers to understand biblical women, taboo issues, and the connections between women and the deity. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries with holdings in Judaica and feminism.--Naomi E. Hafter, Broward Cty. P.L., Lauderhill, FL
The awakening of the voices of ancient Jewish women in Revisions allows us to reconnect to a tradition that has often felt exclusive. I know that I will share these stories, ideas, and reinterpretations with the women I have been blessed to teach and learn from. I look forward to the day when our teenage girls will be studying Goldstein's commentary as classic text.