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On Being a Jewish Feminist Paperback – March 14, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (March 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805210369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805210361
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 23, 2016
Format: Paperback
Susannah Heschel is an American author and professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She has also written books such as The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus, etc.

She wrote in the Acknowledgments section of this 1983 book, “This book evolved out of my long-standing concern with the problem of being a Jew and a woman in the modern world. I have not attempted to offer an exhaustive account of the encounter between Judaism and feminism. Rather, I have brought together essays that focus on those issues I consider of greatest relevance to further social and theological development.”

She states in the Introduction, “While theoretical questions still await resolution, the practical implications of modernity already display their impact… since the advent of modernity Jewish law has become increasingly rigid, ignoring the exigencies of life as it ceases to govern that life… A living legal system never has the luxury to ignore a serious conflict; it must respond in one way or another. Only when a legal system dies can problems be ignored or passed over. The issue is not that feminism poses insoluble problems to Jewish law, but that Judaism has long ago died in the way it had existed for nearly two thousand years. The crisis has not been brought on by feminism, but feminism clearly discloses the morbid condition of Judaism that has continued, untreated, throughout the modern period.” (Pg.
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On Being a Jewish Feminist is an essential work for those readers in demand of an overall view of the challenges encountered by Jewish Feminism and the answers provided to those by it.
In an understandable way for those who are non-Jewish, the reader is supplied with the targets of Jewish Feminism: the roles, images,assumptions to be questioned or re-created;the forgotten aspects of Jewish women's history to be remembered and studied; the myths to be redefined. What is more, On Being a Jewish Feminist is not only a mere statement of objectives or a dispute of presupositions: suggestions for change are furnished. At the same time, the dilemma of being Jewish and a Feminist, of heretically developing an identity, is expounded and explored.
An imperative work for inquiring minds who long for answers.
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