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Jewish Women in Historical Perspective / Edition 2 available in Paperback
The last decades have seen a growing debate over the status of women in contemporary Judaism. As the conditions of secular Western life have allowed women greater choice in their educational and vocational opportunities and society has begun to endorse female equality with men, dissatisfaction with traditional Jewish limitations on women's participation in communal, religious, and scholarly activities has increased. Whilst there have been numerous contemporary responses to traditional Jewish views of women's roles, perspectives from the past have been missing from the ongoing discussion. This collection of essays is intended to provide such a historical excursion. Each essay provides an overview of the period in question, and asks serious questions about the general situations of Jewish women and their activities in a male-dominated public and intellectual Jewish life, as well as in a larger non-Jewish cultural environment.
|Publisher:||Wayne State University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
Table of Contents1. Portrayals of Women in the Hebrew Bible
2. Jewish Women in the Diaspora of Late Antiquity
3. The Image and Status of Women in Classical Rabbinic Judaism
4. Jewish Women in the Middle Ages
5. Sephardi Women in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods
6. Italian Jewish Women
7. Prayers in Yiddish and the Religious World of Ashkenazic Women
8. Emancipation though Intermarraige? Wealthy Jewish Salon Women in Old Berlin
9. Engendering Liberal Jews: Jewish Women in Victorian England
10. Tradition and Transition: Jewish Women in Imperial Germany
11. The Women Teachers of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, 1872-1940
12. East European Jewish Women in an Age of Transition, 1880-1930
13. Daughters of the Nation: Between the Public and Private Spheres in Pre-State Israel
14. Gender and the Immigrant Jewish Experience in the United States
15. Spiritual Expressions: Jewish Women's Religious Lives in the United States in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries