From the Publisher
"An amazing book—rich in scholarship, deep in historical perspetice, and enormously interesting to anyone concerned with questions of Jewish life."
“An essential resource and entry point for understanding the construction of women’s roles in traditional Judaism.”
—Judith Plaskow, author of Standing Alone at Sinai
“With great precision and clarity, Biale ferrets out for us the inner meaning of the law, traces its development, and explores its relevance to Jewish women’s lives today.
—Blu Greenberg, author of On Women and Judaism
“[Biale] open[s] up the halakhic process to women, providing the reader who is unfamiliar with the original Hebrew texts with her first encounter of learning.”
Jewish Book World
Provides access to the central texts of Talmudic and medieval literature which discuss legal issues of special concern to women, including: marriage, divorce, family purity laws, sexuality, lesbianism, and contraception. Biale offers a thought-provoking and thorough textual analysis of the traditional role of women in Jewish tradition coupled with a feminist critique of the sources she examines. In so doing, the author enables her readers to become informed participants in the changing status of women in Judaism today.