Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship

Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship

by Frederick E. Greenspahn
ISBN-10:
0814732194
ISBN-13:
2900814732198
Pub. Date:
11/01/2009
Publisher:
New York University Press
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Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship

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 filters down beyond specialists in their respective academic fields. Women and Judaism brings the broad new insights they have uncovered to the world, presenting their work in an accessible and engaging way. Key senior scholars discuss women's approaches to Jewish law and Torah study, the spirituality of Eastern European Jewish women, Jewish women in American literature, and many other issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900814732198
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Four Approaches to Women and the Jewish Experience Judith R. Baskin 1

Part 1 Classical Tradition

1 Jewish Feminist Approaches to the Bible Esther Fuchs 25

2 Women and Torah Study in Aggadah Dvora E. Weisberg 41

3 Women and Jewish Law Judith Hauptman 64

Part II History

4 Women in Medieval Jewish Societies Renée Levine Melammed 91

5 The Mystical Spirituality of Eastern European Jewish Women Chava Weissler 116

6 How Central European Jewish Women Confronted Modernity Harriet Pass Freidenreich 131

Part III Contemporary Life

7 Women and American Judaism Pamela S. Nadell 155

8 Women's Transformations of Contemporary Jewish Life Sylvia Barack Fishman 182

Part IV Literature

9 Women in Jewish American Literature Sara R. Horowitz 199

10 Text, Nation, and Gender in Israeli Women's Fiction Nehama Aschkenasy 221

Epilogue: Women and Judaism: From Invisibility to Integration Frederick E. Greenspahn 245

Contributors 255

Index 259

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