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  • Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Brandeis; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584653906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584653905
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This may be one of the most important works to date in tracking the changes in Judaism over the past 2000 years." —Jewish Book World

“Addressing the practical and the theological challenges that feminism poses to halakah, Ross offers a brilliant study, informed not only by ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish sources, but also by postmodernism, the history of feminism, process theology, mysticism, and legal theory . . . She finds the key to change in women's increasing knowledge of halakah, whose meaning women can transform by weaving a different narrative . . . Highly recommended.”—CHOICE

“[Expanding the Palace of Torah is] a brave, in many ways radical and essential, attempt to deal with the problem seriously, and is a model of erudition and scholarship… Her book offers a powerful alternate theological vision that challenges some of the basic assumptions of the Orthodox Jewish world, and gives a glimpse of just how revolutionary feminism could be to Orthodoxy.”—Forward

“Ross' conjoining of the patriarchal past with a feminist future in the single unfolding process of divine revelation is an unprecedented, and I would suggest brilliant, move in the world of Jewish feminism... this book is ground-breaking in the field of theology (Jewish, feminist and otherwise). It is beautifully written, masterfully insightful in its analysis of earlier feminist attempts to resolve a similar set of challenges and subtly brilliant in the presentation of its own solutions. I simply cannot say enough positive things about it. It is thought-provoking and sophisticated. I have no doubt that this book will become a standard textbook for courses on Jewish feminism.”—Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues

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“In this exceptional book, Ross brings together philosophical, theological, legal, and feminist writings, presenting a many faceted critique of Jewish legal developments and an account of the latest thinking on problematic issues. Writing as a passionately engaged Orthodox Jew, her approach is a refreshing combination of the critical and the respectful, and her solutions to the problems she raises are both provocative and eloquent. Writing in a postmodernist vein, she offers a quantum leap in her complex yet trenchant perspective on the challenge posed by feminism to the concept of Revelation.” (Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg, author of Genesis: the Beginning of Desire, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for nonfiction)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adina on March 8, 2007
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In this brilliant book, Tamar Ross explores theological questions essential to Orthodox Judaism with honesty and a deep commitment to the Orthodox tradition. She does a remarkable job of exploring the Feminist critique of Orthodox Judaism while maintaining that the tradition and its loyalty to halacha -- Jewish law -- are essential for the long-term survival of the Jewish people. Rejecting apologist rationalizations of a woman's sometimes difficult position in the tradition, she instead offers a powerful and satisfying alternative explanation of how to view women's issues within the tradition, a view based on respected and even revered sources in Orthodoxy itself. This book should be required reading for all thinking, searching and questioning Jewish women.
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