Women and JudaismNew Insights and Scholarship

Women and JudaismNew Insights and Scholarship

Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780814732182

Publisher: NYU Press


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 has filtered down beyond specialists in their respective academic fields. This book brings the broad new insights they have uncovered to the world. It communicates this research to a wider public of students and educated readers outside of the academy by presenting accessible and engaging chapters written by key senior scholars that introduce the reader to different aspects of women and Judaism. The chapters discuss feminist approaches to Jewish law and Torah study, the spirituality of Eastern European Jewish women, Jewish women in American literature, and many other issues.

Table of Contents

Part I Classical Tradition

3 Women and Jewish Law

Judith Hauptman

Part II History

4 Women in Medieval Jewish Societies

Renée Levine Melammed

Part III Contemporary Life

7 Women and American Judaism

Pamela S. Nadell

Part IV Literature

Epilogue Women and Judaism

Frederick E. Greenspahn

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