Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law / Edition 1

Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law / Edition 1

by Rahel R. (Eds.) Wasserfall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874519608

ISBN-13: 9780874519600

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: University Press of New England

The term Niddah means separation. During her menstrual flow and for several days thereafter, a Jewish woman is considered Niddah — separate from her husband and unable to practice the sacred rituals of Judaism. Purification in a miqveh (a ritual bath) following her period restores full status as a wife and member of the Jewish community. In the contemporary

Overview

The term Niddah means separation. During her menstrual flow and for several days thereafter, a Jewish woman is considered Niddah — separate from her husband and unable to practice the sacred rituals of Judaism. Purification in a miqveh (a ritual bath) following her period restores full status as a wife and member of the Jewish community. In the contemporary world, debates about Niddah focus less on the literal exclusion of menstruating women from the synagogue, instead emphasizing relations between husband and wife and the general role of Jewish women in Judaism.

Although this has been the law since ancient times, the meaning and practice of Niddah has been widely contested. Women and Water explores how these purity rituals have affected Jewish women across time and place, and shows how their own interpretation of Niddah often conflicted with rabbinic views. These essays also speak to contemporary feminist issues such as shaping women's identity, power relations between women and men, and the role of women in the sacred.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874519600
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Brandeis Series on Jewish Women
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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