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Crown of Creation: The lives of great Biblical women based on Rabbinic & mystical sources Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889626111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889626119
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Weisberg, a dean and Torah teacher in Toronto, provides portraits of biblical women Eve, Sara, Rebecca, Ruth, and Esther and of Fraida and Devora Leah, the self-sacrificing daughters of Rabbi Shneur Zalman. Throughout her study, Weisberg attempts to show that the strength of the Jewish woman resides in quiet, self-effacing action and total selflessness. She claims that men are more conflicted while women concentrate more on their calling: for this reason, women are exempt from many of the commands (mitzvoth) men must fulfill, such as wearing phylacteries at times of prayer. What many contemporary Jewish feminists regard as signs of traditional devaluing become for Weisberg signs of superiority. Orthodox Jewish women may find that this book increases their self-esteem.?Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
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Going beyond mere biographical data, Weisberg places her biblical women into the broader context of Jewish tradition, thought, and philosophy. By doing this the author demonstrates the central role of women in Jewish life, stressing that this role is active--and often primary--in every stage of Jewish history. Weisberg begins with Eve, insisting that insights into her life will better equip women to face today's challenges and struggles. The author continues with such illustrious biblical women as Sara, Rebecca, Ruth, and Esther. This is not an easy book to read; Weisberg draws on such complex sources as the Talmud, midrashic writings, and the cabala. (There are 312 detailed endnotes.) But for today's Jewish woman, the book offers valuable insights and understanding. George Cohen

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Laya Saul on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Chana Weisberg is an amazing source for learning about biblical women. I teach a course on women of the bible and this brilliant book is one of my reference books. The women covered include Eve, Sara, Rebecca, Ruth, Esther and two other chasidic women. There are nine chapters in all, the first two are titled "Attuned to the Inner Self" and "Women and Royalty". The book is only about 150 pages but do not mistake the small size for small content. There is material here to last you years as you re-read and re-learn this timeless and inspirational material.

I highly recommend this book if you want more insights into the women of the Tanach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was a great book. It told a lot about a Jewish woman's feminist journey -- well, from an Orthodox perspective. I thought the writing style was rather unscholarly, though, even though the ideas were extremely valid. Perhaps this was meant as more of a "light read" even though I used it as a reference for a paper.
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By pin on January 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
A slim book but full of so much information and profound truths. It's a classic!
A friend of mine was looking for this book for a while, but I wouldn't part with my copy. I recently heard that her new book Tending the Garden has many parts of this book included. Great book and love the many many references in the back!
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