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The War on Women in Israel: A Story of Religious Radicalism and the Women Fighting for Freedom Hardcover – September 16, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492604593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492604594
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combining a chilling warning with a rousing call to action

Cutting, candid, and lucid, Sztokman's account of injustice makes an eloquent plea for "the assertion of a secular-democratic vision for Israeli society" and will inspire more dialogue.
" - Publishers Weekly

"a worthwhile and eye-opening study." - Kirkus

"Sztokman's articulate call for attention toward and action on behalf of women's rights in Israel will be of interest to all readers with a passion for global feminism and Jewish women's lives. " - Library Journal

About the Author

Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is an award-winning author, educator and Jewish feminist activist, and the former Executive Director of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. Her first book, The Men's Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Council Award for Women's Studies, and her second book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools (with Chaya Gorsetman) won the 2013 National Jewish Book Council Award in education. She lives in Modi'in, Israel, and blogs at "A Jewish Feminist" (www.jewfem.org).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antsy on October 5, 2014
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Although this book may be of special interest to people who care about Israel and Judaism, it is really a book for anyone who is concerned about religious extremism in general. I first heard of Sztokman when friends told me about the incidents on El Al in NY September 2014, when women passengers were bullied by ultra-Orthodox men in an attempt to get them to change their assigned seats so the men wouldn't have to sit next to women. And the airline staff did nothing to protect the women's rights. How could this happen in America? But Sztokman shows how religious extremism is becoming more dominant in Israel, and such extremism can affect men and women everywhere. In Israel and New York, Orthodox try to have gender segregation ("voluntary") on buses and have modesty squads that bully women and girls. When Reuven Rivlin, the new President of Israel, was speaker of the Knesset, he allowed the Knesset choir to be limited to men only in order not to offend Orthodox MK's. Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox try to remove the images of women everywhere, and Orthodox newspapers Photoshop out pictures of women, even Hilary Clinton! Women of the Wall who have attempted to pray in their fashion in the women's section of the Kotel have been spat on, attacked, harassed, arrested and abused. If only this affected a few extremists themselves, that would be one thing. But Szotkman shows us how this extremism affects the women who are being marginalized and "erased," as well as the boys and men who are not being socialized, and instead are taught that the only thing they need to know about women is that they are sexually provocative. Instead of men being taught to control themselves, women are being segregated. I would recommend this book to anyone who cares about how any religion, not just Judaism, can affect and diminish the rights of men and women everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Postil on December 2, 2014
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I live in Israel and I have lived through most of the events chronicled in this book. It was REALLY depressing seeing them presented on a time-line. Yes folks, this stuff is really happening! The author deserves full credit for preserving the record for history.
The book was generally well-written. In addition to detailed source references for each chapter and an index, there is a section at the end of the book listing agencies for changing the present situation. The author says, Don't just sit around and moan - get involved and make things better for all of us!
I did not give this book five stars because I felt that the sources the author used were kind of one-sided (left of center "liberal" politics). Again, I live in the world described; I don't think the general picture presented was slanted, but I would have appreciated hearing from other news media than the left-leaning press.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rachel levine on October 13, 2014
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If you really want to understand the depth of the misogyny amongst the far right and the neglect of the government in the guise of religious freedom, you must read this book. Things are changing, but it is only when people realize what is going on will there be pressure to stop this nastiness disguised as piety. This book, and the efforts it describes, is just the first step.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OrchidSlayer VINE VOICE on October 12, 2014
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This was a very interesting and disturbing book. I spend quite a bit of time in Israel every year and, although I had seen glimpses of the segregation issues, having it all together was an eye opener. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Israel, women’s issues, or who just cares about human rights.
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More About the Author

Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman, former Executive Director of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is a leading writer and thinker on topics of feminism, Judaism, Israel and Orthodoxy.

Elana holds a doctorate in education and sociology from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and wrote her dissertation on the identity development of adolescent religious girls in school. Her post-doctoral research, which examines the shifting identities of Orthodox Jewish men, is the subject of her first award-winning book. The Men's Section: Orthodox Jewish men in an egalitarian world, which won the 2012 National Jewish Book Council award in the area of Women's Studies.

Elana's second book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools, co-authored with Dr Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, (Hadassah Brandeis Institute, UPNE, 2013), looks at the ways in which Jewish schools socialize into gender identities. The book won the 2013 National Jewish Book Council award in the area of education and identity.

Elana's third book The War on Women in Israel: : A story of religious radicalism and the women fighting for freedom, will be released by Sourcebooks in April 2014.

Elana's writings on feminist issues in Israel and Jewish life have been published in many forums: The Atlantic, Slate, The Forward, The Jerusalem Report, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Lilith, The Australian Jewish News, Jewish Educational Leadership, and more. She has also written book chapters, book reviews, and academic articles. She has also taught these subjects in institutes of higher education: The Florence Melton Adult Mini-school in Melbourne, Australia, The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, the Efrata Teacher Training College, the Bar Ilan University Gender Studies Department, and Young Judea.

Elana's Master's Degree is in Jewish Education from Hebrew University, and her BA is from Barnard College, where she majored in political science and received a New York State teaching certificate in high school social studies.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the Yeshivah of Flatbush Elana moved to Israel in 1993 and today lives in Modi'in, Israel with her ever-supportive spouse, Jacob, founding director of Gabriel Project Mumbai, and their children.

Some interesting factoids about Elana:
* Elana can count to ten in eight languages (English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Hungarian)

* Elana played piano and Glockenspiel in her high school band.

* Elana's dog is a beige mix of Alaskan husky/white lab/golden retriever and is named Teddy.