Women and Judaism

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"Women and Judaism," the editor writes, "carries an intention to do more than bring the reader new ideas to ponder. For Jewish women, it's a charge to claim and re-claim their rightful place in their tradition … For non-Jewish sisters, we hope that it encourages you to bring change in your traditions as you learn of our effort to be counted as full members of an ancient spiritual community."

In this all-encompassing exploration of Judaism for the modern woman, readers attend the...

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Overview

"Women and Judaism," the editor writes, "carries an intention to do more than bring the reader new ideas to ponder. For Jewish women, it's a charge to claim and re-claim their rightful place in their tradition … For non-Jewish sisters, we hope that it encourages you to bring change in your traditions as you learn of our effort to be counted as full members of an ancient spiritual community."

In this all-encompassing exploration of Judaism for the modern woman, readers attend the first the Bat Mitzvah 70 years ago, hear an imagined response of biblical mothers asked to give up their children, and learn how each holiday contains an ecological message. Readers explore the power of women within a patriarchal tradition, including the story of the first woman rabbi. Readers see demonstrations of how women keep body, mind, and spirit alive, read a new view of biblical women as heroic role models, and enter the memory of women Holocaust survivors. Some contributors write about sexuality, power, and vulnerability, while others present the newest women's rituals, including Rosh Hodesh and mikveh.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In introducing this collection of 14 essays on Jewish women's spirituality, Rabbi Drucker, founding spiritual leader of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Sante Fe, draws on a Talmudic metaphor to present these midrash (new readings of ancient texts) on the 'often-ignored feminine in the Divine.' Women scholars explore how

modern Jewish women navigate familial and ecological relations; leadership roles; spirituality (drawing on female biblical and Holocaust role models, and other spiritual traditions); sexuality in diverse forms; and empowering rituals). The volume includes suggested reading."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The book is a collection of essays that address topics that are both diverse and broad. . . It is an ambitious book, a brave attempt to cover so many aspects of what it means (and has meant) to be a Jewish woman."

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Jewish Book World

"This volume rewards the reader and challenges us to consider issues that lie ahead."

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Lilith Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275991548
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Series: Women and Religion in the World Series
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

IntroductionRabbi Malka Drucker

Part I. WOMEN, FAMILY, AND ENVIRONMENT

1.Unwrapping the Gift

Rabbi Sandi Eisenberg Sasso

2.The Ecological Message of the Holy Days

Ellen Bernstein

3. Sacrificing the Son

Alice Shalvi

Part II. SOCIOECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND AUTHORITY

4. Woman Rabbi in Spiritual Leadership

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

5. Circles of Healing in the Time of Old Age

Rabbi Judith Edelstein

Part III. BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT

6. Biblical Heroes as Role Models for Jewish Women

Rabbi Hara Person

7. Women of the Holocaust: Whispering Heroes

Pamela Treiber Opper

8. How Women Integrate Judaism with Other Spiritual Technologies

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Part IV. SEXUALITY, POWER, AND VULNERABILITY

9. Women in the Double Life of The Song of Songs

Debra Band

10. The Book of Ruth through New Eyes

Joy Silver

11. Becoming a Jew from a Womans Perspective

Judith Willmore

Part V. WOMEN, WORLDVIEW, AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICE

12. Miriams Well: Unearthing the Sacred in Jewish Womens

Groups

Shelly Fredman

13. The Transformative Nature of the Rosh Chodesh Experience

Rabbi Jo David

14. A Renewed Mikvah

Suggested Reading

About the Editor and Contributors

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