- Publisher: Israel Book Shop (December 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0910818908
- ISBN-13: 978-0910818902
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,064,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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They Called Her Rebbe : The Maiden of Ludomir Paperback – December, 1991
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I was very disappointed in this book, which is a work of fiction that borders on fantasy, and comes mostly from Winkler's imagination. The Chana Rochel I know from the legends was a deeply spiritual mystic with profound respect for Jewish tradition. Yes, she was a woman doing some "male things" such as wearing a tallis (prayer shawl) and tefillin (phylacteries), but that was not her central identity. Serving God was. There is nothing in her story to indicate that she wanted to overthrow rabbinic Judaism.
The Chana Rochel we meet in this book is an iconoclast who spouts arguments that were common in third-wave feminist circles in the mid-1980's (when, I presume, this book was being written. It was first published in 1991.) The seven-page polemical exchange between her and Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl (pp. 40-47) sounds as if it came from a Jewish Renewal pamphlet. The result is a preachy novel that reads like propaganda. Maybe it is.
Most disappointing was the way in which Winkler completely altered the pivotal mystical incident in Chana Rochel's life, when she received her personal mission from God. In the original legends, the story reads like this:
"...One morning while visiting her mother's grave, Chana Rochel fainted and fell into a coma.Read more ›
So, rightfully or wrongfully, I expected to find in Channah Rochel a shining example of a female Jewish role model infused with the living spirit of Lilith (which never died, unlike Adam and Eve) that would inspire women (and men) to see the fundamental falsehood, rooted in feminiphobia, of this broken Adam-dominated world. What I found instead was a one-winged bird whose flight pattern was erratic and less than commensurate with the insights she exhibited with regard to the Torah and to other people. The beauty of the Torah, at least for me, lies in its insistence that spirituality be balanced between the duties and obligations of this world, and an understanding that this world is not the end all and be all of reality.Read more ›
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And struggled with the circumstances of time, place and tradition, always desiring to be faithful. Well worth the time. Touching, troubling, meaningful.Published on January 26, 2014 by George Koch
Il prodotto è arrivato velocemente e le condizioni sono buone. Grazie per l'invio, sono contenta di averlo ricevuto. A prestoPublished on March 12, 2011 by Silvia Antonucci