This text considers both religious and secular influences on the Jewish woman today, exploring tradition and change. Jewish women have been affected by the women's movement, the impact on some leading to a reassessment of the woman's role in Judaism, with its emphasis on family and home. Conversely, a small but significant minority have withdrawn into the safety of extreme orthodoxy. In the centre, the majority are seeking a balance between the powerful internalized message of Judaism, extolling marriage and motherhood as woman's primary concern and a changing perception of themselves. The material is culled from indepth interviews and discussions.
"A truly remarkable collection of first-rate essays by a variety of scholars, one more illuminating than the other."
-Amitai Etzioni, author of "Security First: For a Muscular, Moral Foreign Policy"
Acknowledgements - A Woman of Worth - Introduction - Setting the Scene - Woman's role in Judaism - Religious Law - Religion in Practice - Family Life - Marriage, Childbearing and Sexuality - Areas of Difficulty - Changing Perspectives - Aspects of Orthodoxy - Feminism - Bibliography - Index
Series: Transitions and Traditions
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 31st August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1