Massekhet Betsah

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Mohr Siebeck, 2010 - Religion - 191 pages
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This book is a feminist commentary on Tractate Betsah, which deals with the laws specific to festivals. Tamara Or reveals surprising insights into the role of women in the development of halakhah. Thus, the commentary shows women's oppression as well as their actual power and influence even on halakhic decisions. The power women possess in this tractate can be explained as emanating from the fact that most of it is based on labors usually performed by women. In nearly all the cases where the rabbis discuss the sphere of action of women, the latter's behavior was considered halakhically correct or at least not in need of change. The power and influence gained by women through their various activities and endeavors were passed over in silence and thus hidden from the view of their descendants. The following commentary will strive to put these women back into Jewish history and into the history of the development of halakhah.
 

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Contents

Betsah A Feminist Commentary
1
Methodological Introduction
7
Mishnah Commentary
31
6
37
8
47
2
53
7
60
1
69
6
105
3
111
3
119
4
135
8
143
4 Tal Ilan
149
5
155
4
162

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2
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About the author (2010)

Tamara Or, Born 1975; studied Jewish Studies and History in Berlin and Jerusalem; 2008 PhD at the Freie Universitat Berlin; currently research fellow at the LMU Munich.

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