Women And Judaism

Women And Judaism

by Frederick E. Greenspahn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814732186

ISBN-13: 9780814732182

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

Although women constitute half of the Jewish population and have always played essential roles in ensuring Jewish continuity and the preservation of Jewish beliefs and values, only recently have their contributions and achievements received sustained scholarly attention. Scholars have begun to investigate Jewish women’s domestic, economic, intellectual,

Overview

Although women constitute half of the Jewish population and have always played essential roles in ensuring Jewish continuity and the preservation of Jewish beliefs and values, only recently have their contributions and achievements received sustained scholarly attention. Scholars have begun to investigate Jewish women’s domestic, economic, intellectual, spiritual, and creative roles in Jewish life from biblical times to the present. Yet little of this important work has filtered down beyond specialists in their respective academic fields. Women and Judaism brings the broad new insights they have uncovered to the world.

Women and Judaism communicates this research to a wider public of students and educated readers outside of the academy by presenting accessible and engaging chapters written by key senior scholars that introduce the reader to different aspects of women and Judaism. The contributors discuss feminist approaches to Jewish law and Torah study, the spirituality of Eastern European Jewish women, Jewish women in American literature, and many other issues.

Contributors: Nehama Aschkenasy, Judith R. Baskin, Sylvia Barack Fishman, Harriet Pass Freidenreich, Esther Fuchs, Judith Hauptman, Sara R. Horowitz, Renée Levine, Pamela S. Nadell, and Dvora Weisberg.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814732182
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Introduction: Reading Mysteries: The Origins of Scholarship on Jewish Mysticism
Hartley Lachter
I. Jewish Mysticism Takes Shape
1 Ancient Jewish Mysticism
Michael D. Swartz
2 The Zohar: Masterpiece of Jewish Mysticism
Eitan P. Fishbane
3 Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia and the Prophetic Kabbalah
Elliot R. Wolfson
4 New Approaches to the Study of Kabbalistic Life in 16th-Century Safed
Lawrence Fine
II. Becoming Modern
5 Mystical Messianism: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Matt Goldish
6 Hasidism: Mystical and Nonmystical Approaches to Interpreting Scripture
Shaul Magid
7 Christian Kabbalah
Allison P. Coudert
III. Contemporary Concerns
8 Kabbalah at the Turn of the 21st Century
Jody Myers
9 Gender in Jewish Mysticism
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Epilogue: Kabbalah and Contemporary Judaism
Pinchas Giller
About the Contributors
Index

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