Gender and Jewish History

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Marion A. Kaplan, Deborah Dash Moore
Indiana University Press, 2011 - History - 416 pages
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"A Major Collection of Scholarship that Contains the most up-to-Date, Indeed Cutting-Edge Work on Gender and Jewish History by Several Generations of Top Scholars."---Atina Grossmann, the Cooper Union

By Revealing the Importance of gender in interpreting the Jewish past, this collection of original essays highlights the profound influence that feminist scholarship has had on the study of Jewish history since the 1970s. Gender and Jewish History considers the impact of gender on Jewish religious practices and political behavior, educational accomplishments and communal structures, acculturation and choice of occupations. The book stimulates conversations on such topics as Jewish women's creativity and spirituality, violence against women, Jews' reactions to persecution in the Holocaust, and Judaism as lived religion and culture. Honoring Paula E. Hyman, one of the founders of Jewish gender studies, this volume shows gender to be an eye-opening entry into realms of Jewish history previously untouched by it.
 

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A Wonderful thoughtful account of various issues! A truthful collection of stories about women actually written by women!

Contents

Introduction
1
Part 1 Womens Culture in Modern Jewish History
11
1 How Does a Woman Write? Or Pauline Wengeroffs Room of Her Own
13
The Domestic Seedbed of Critical Scholarship
27
3 Jews Women and Coffee in Early Modern Germany
44
Custom Calendar and an Unknown Yiddish Book for Women
59
5 The Murdered Hebrew Maidservant of East New York
72
6 Jewish Courtship and Marriage in 1920s Vienna
88
14 Vernacular Kabbalah Embodiment and Women in the Early Modern and Contemporary Periods
215
The Legal Turn in Jewish Feminist Thought
233
Part 3 Jewish Politics in American Accents
249
Margaret Sanger the Brownsville Jewish Women and Political Activism
251
American Jewish Women Artists as Political Activists from the 1920s to the 1940s
267
Young Jewish Women with Cameras
281
19 Assembling Eichmanns Shackles
305
Golda Meir Henry Kissinger and the Personas They Denied
320

7 Did you bring any girls? Gender Imbalance in a Jewish Refugee Settlement
104
8 The Contribution of Gender to the Study of the Holocaust
120
Part 2 Gendered Dimensions of Religious Change
137
9 Women in the Thought and Practice of the European Jewish Reform Movement
139
10 German Orthodox Rabbinical Writings on the Jewish Textual Education of Women
158
11 Gender and Conversion Revisited
170
12 The Politics of Love in Lev Levandas Turbulent Times
187
Eve and Penelope as Icons in the Poetry of Linda Pastan
203
Jewish Migrations and the City in Postwar America
336
22 Constructing Manhood in American Jewish Culture
350
An Emancipating Experience The Jews of France in Paula Hymans Oeuvre
367
Bibliography of Paula E Hymans Works
383
List of Contributors
389
Index
395
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Marion A. Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University.

Deborah Dash Moore is Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

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