Much has changed for Jewish women since the first edition of Four Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality appeared in 1992. Associations of Jewish womenacademic, religious, secularhave proliferated, making the women’s voices heard. In collecting material for this completely revised edition, the editors drew upon sources that express the diversity of Jewish women, mainly from 1560 to the present. They sought material by Jewish women of different ages, sexual orientations, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, and nationalities. Reflecting a wide variety of literary genres, sources include spiritual works (sermons, addresses, ritual blessing, prayers) as well as letters, sisterhood minutes, and committee reports that also express the spiritual concerns of their authors. Writings by women rabbis and contemporary Orthodox women, along with documents from Latin America, bring the volume up to date.
About the Author
CAROL UNGAR, a freelance writer who lives in Israel, has written for Tablet, the Jerusalem Post, and other publications. Her website is kosherhomecooking.com.
What People are Saying About This
“Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality became an instant classic upon publication and the sourcebook of choice for many courses (including mine). This revised second edition incorporates recently recovered voices from the past and exciting new voices from the present. There is no better collection on Jewish women's spirituality in print.”
“When published in 1992, Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality immediately became a classic of Jewish feminism. This revised and expanded edition, bringing together a treasure trove of voices singing God's song in the many lands in which Jewish women have lived, carries us forward into the twenty-first century. Its appearance heralds the launching of a new classic of the modern Jewish experience.”