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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827608063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827608061
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hammer breathes a woman's breath into ancient narratives . . . her collection of new midrashim draws on her knowledge of the Bible, the rich tradition of classical midrash, and on her own imagination."—Lilith
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"[Sisters at Sinai] offers creative interpretations of the women of the Bible, infusing the stories with fresh insights and perspectives."—Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
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"These diverse tales draw upon Judaic traditions and understandings regarding the human condition as surely as the scriptures that inspired them. Highly recommended reading."—Bookwatch
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Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down!
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Vivid details, educational, creative, magical- the characters and time period are brought to life.
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Each story is carefuly crafted writing and very good reading.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sisters At Sinai: New Tales Of Biblical Women by Jill Hammer (licensed clinical psychology and an ordained Conservative rabbi) is a collection of 24 fascinating, illuminating, and inspiring short stories based on the women of the Torah, and the men they shared their lives with. These original and engaging stories reveal a new look at Lilith and Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rachel and Leah, Miriam, Lot's Wife, and many more. A unique, amazing anthology that reinterprets ancient parables in a new light, Sisters At Sinai is a welcome contribution to the growing library of Judaic literature and recommended supplemental reading for students of the Torah in general, and the role of women in Israelite history in particular.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "goljerp" on November 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I loved Sisters at Sinai. The book consists of 23 short stories with a wide range of themes. But these aren't just any short stories; these are Midrashim, tales which weave in and around the text of the Bible. With some, Hammer takes a well-known passage in the Bible (Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt) and brings it to life. Others take a passage which even close readers of the Bible have probably overlooked and turns it into a gripping narrative. While Hammer writes from a woman's perspective, both the men and the women in the stories are treated with respect and are three-dimensional. The notes section at the end of the book grounds this modern rethinking of Bible with traditional (and modern) Jewish thinking about the Bible. This is Hammer's first book, and I can't wait to see more from her fertile imagination.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book, a must-read for all fans of Biblically-based fiction. Hammer's readings are wildly creative and revisionist but at the same time grounded in classical Jewish Biblical interpretation. Her background in Midrash gives this book a depth rarely seen in modern rewritings of Biblical stories. The stories work as stories, though - the Midrashic grounding is almost invisible unless you know the works she's quoting from. Her Biblical characters are compelling and memorable. If you are reading The Red Tent or Queenmaker, read this instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rita Sasso on March 27, 2008
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This is a wonderful book. Each story is carefuly crafted writing and very good reading. The Introduction and the Notes to the reader help give backround in Midrash for the unintiated and make the tales themselves more understandable.

Havdala was terrific. The concept of pale Eve meeting dark Lilith in the Garden of Eden on the eve of shabbat and discovering her "womanhood" transported me.

Reading Naamah was like chatting with and listening to the wise women who helped me through the rough times in my life.

The Daughters of Tzelafchad reminded me that we each have to claim our share of worldy goods but we must be wise about how we do it.

It had never occured to me to see Queen Vashti as another victim. The story opened my eyes to looking at things in a new way.

If Jill Hammer wrote the book as a teaching tool it worked with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Eugeni on February 28, 2009
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Sisters At Sinai: New Tales Of Biblical Women
All the midrashim written in this book are just lovely, amazing, extraordinary. I enjoyed very much reading this book
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