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Words On Fire : One Woman's Journey Into The Sacred - Vanessa L. Ochs

Words On Fire

One Woman's Journey Into The Sacred

Paperback Published: 16th July 1999
ISBN: 9780813367187
Number Of Pages: 371

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When Vanessa Ochs begins to suspect her various physical ailments are due to her leading an "unsanctified life," she decides to travel to Jerusalem with her family to explore the sacred books of Judaism. Armed with a list of institutions and the names of women who specialize in teaching these sacred texts, Ochs sets out on a journey of discovery. She forges a personal relationship with her mentors, women who are determined to disprove the claim of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus: "The words of the Torah should be burnt rather than taught to women." As her year in Jerusalem draws to a close, Ochs begins to find a way to reconcile her feminist views with her quest to live a life according to laws shaped by the "sexist" views of traditional Judaism.Part scholarly investigation, part anecdotal memoir, "Words on Fire" is an accessible portrait of a remote world and a fascinating, firsthand account of the clash between feminism and Judaism.

Introductionp. ix
p. 1
p. 29
p. 51
p. 69
p. 101
p. 132
p. 164
p. 194
p. 217
p. 235
p. 263
p. 287
p. 311
Afterwordp. 326
Afterword to the Westview Editionp. 329
Selected Recent Writings on Judaismp. 349
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780813367187
ISBN-10: 0813367182
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 371
Published: 16th July 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.28  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1