Torah of the Mothers: Contemporary Jewish Women Read Classical Jewish Texts

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Combining erudition with a deep concern for the daily aspects of spiritual life, Torah of the Mothers is a landmark collection of essays and teachings culled from years of Bible and Jewish study by highly accomplished female Torah scholars and educators. Contributors such as Rachel Adelman, Erica Brown, Ilana Goldstein Saks, Simi Peters, and Leah Rosenthal bring their own area of expertise to bear, providing novel and refreshing insights into biblical and rabbinic texts. Each also offers thought-provoking ...

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Overview

Combining erudition with a deep concern for the daily aspects of spiritual life, Torah of the Mothers is a landmark collection of essays and teachings culled from years of Bible and Jewish study by highly accomplished female Torah scholars and educators. Contributors such as Rachel Adelman, Erica Brown, Ilana Goldstein Saks, Simi Peters, and Leah Rosenthal bring their own area of expertise to bear, providing novel and refreshing insights into biblical and rabbinic texts. Each also offers thought-provoking commentary on the ever-present themes of exile and redemption, which are intrinsic to the ongoing saga of the Jewish people. These contemporary women also reflect upon the teachers who have personally influenced and inspired them, individuals such as Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, and Nechama Leibowitz.

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"This interesting and important book brings together writings by 23 Orthodox Jewish women, Torah scholars all, but none of them rabbis or feminists, as in more liberal divisions of Judaism. [...] This collection should prove thought-provoking for thoughtful Jewish readers of all persuasions. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"What has now been called a quiet revolution is now bearing its first fruits. These [contemporary Jewish] women have marked their presence with...Torah of the Mothers. The anthology is significant because it represents the current transition of Israel's first generation of female Torah scholars from students to teachers." —Catherine Cohen, Ha'aretz English Edition

"Torah Of The Mothers is informative, inspiring, reflective, erudite, engaging, and highly recommended reading for students of Judaic traditions and beliefs, as well as the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the role of women in Judaism, both ancient and contemporary." —James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657108703
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ora Wiskind Elper is a teacher of Jewish thought at Michlalah College, Matan Institute for Women’s Studies, and Touro College in Jerusalem. She has translated several works from Hebrew, French, and German, and is the author of Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav. Susan Handelman is professor of literature at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and a former professor of English and Jewish studies at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Fragments of Redemption: Jewish Thought and Literary Theory in Scholem, Benjamin and Levinas and The Slayer of Moses: The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpretation in Modern Literary Theory.

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