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Gender and Judaism : The Transformation of Tradition - Tamar Rudavsky

Gender and Judaism

The Transformation of Tradition

By: Tamar Rudavsky (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1995
ISBN: 9780814774526
Number Of Pages: 348

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Every morning Jewish men offering their prayers to God in the traditional manner include the line Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe who has not made me a woman. Regardless of one's interpretation of this line, it is an inescapable fact that traditional Judaism views women and men and their places within Judaism quite differently.

But Judaism is not a static religion. It has always been influenced by changes in its surrounding environment. Throughout history, issues of gender have both influenced and been influenced by classical and modern Jewish perspectives. This transformation continues today, as feminist thinkers attempt to discover how modern women fit into Jewish thought and practice. Is halakhah gender inclusive? How do conceptualizations of the Jewish home effect Jewish women's identities? What is the relation between the experiences of historical Jewish women and the roles of their present day sisters? How have changing gender roles affected the identity of the Jewish male?

In this groundbreaking anthology, twenty scholars seek to address these and other questions. Among the many subjects covered are: gender boundaries in Kabbalah; images of Jewish masculinity; the challenge of women's rabbinic leadership; Jewish feminist theory; rabbinic responses to wife-beating; Orthodox women in the modern world; and patriarchy, Judaism, and Nazism in German feminist thought.

Toward a Gender-Inclusive Account of Halakhahp. 3
Rejection: A Rabbinic Response to Wife Beatingp. 13
An Analysis of Rabbinic Hermeneutics: B. T. Kiddushin 34ap. 25
Reconfiguring Home: Jewish Feminist Identity/iesp. 39
The Secret of Jewish Femininity: Hiddenness, Power, and Physicality in the Theology of Orthodox Women in the Contemporary Worldp. 51
Servants and Sexuality: Seduction, Surrogacy, and Rape: Some Observations Concerning Class, Gender, and Race in Early Modern Italian Jewish Familiesp. 81
An Adventure in Otherness: Nahida Remy-Ruth Lazarus (1849-1928)p. 99
Jewish Identity and the "New Woman": Central European Jewish University Women in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 113
The Women Who Would Be Rabbisp. 123
Configurations of Patriarchy, Judaism, and Nazism in German Feminist Thoughtp. 135
Eavesdropping on Angels and Laughing at God: Theorizing a Subversive Matriarchyp. 157
Mass Culture and the City in the Works of German-Jewish Novelists: Claire Goll, Veza Canetti, Else Lasker-Schuler, and Gertrud Kolmarp. 169
Pauline Wengeroff and the Voice of Jewish Modernityp. 181
Traced in Ink: Women's Lives in "Qotzo shel Yud" by Yalag and "Mishpachah" by D. Baronp. 191
On Becoming Female: Crossing the Gender Boundaries in Kabbalistic Ritual and Mythp. 209
The Geopolitics of Jewish Feminismp. 231
From Equality to Transformation: The Challenge of Women's Rabbinic Leadershipp. 243
Triple Play: Deconstructing Jewish Women's Livesp. 255
Of Mice and Supermen: Images of Jewish Masculinityp. 279
An Anthropological and Postmodern Critique of Jewish Feminist Theoryp. 295
About the Editorp. 307
About the Contributorsp. 309
Bibliographyp. 315
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ISBN: 9780814774526
ISBN-10: 0814774520
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 1st March 1995
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.58