Israeli Feminism Liberating Judaism: Blood and Ink

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Lexington Books, Jul 16, 2012 - Religion - 262 pages
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This engaging feminist approach to Judaism blends the interpretation of primary Jewish sources with contemporary social change. Bonna Devora Haberman shares her first-hand account of the “Women of the Wall” and a feminist approach to traditional Judaism, while interacting with ancient Jewish texts. In a rich network of sources, seaming together scholarship with activism, Haberman analyzes the sacred, with attention to power and gender. While much religious and national culture focuses on death and sacrifice, Haberman proposes an alternative model for a Jewish theology of liberation: birth—no less universal than death. Life-giving rather than life-taking is the nucleus of this work, reformulating performances of gender in a realm of exaggerated sexual difference. Using her experiences with the “Women of the Wall” movement interwoven in scripture, Haberman contributes toward liberating religious culture from its gender oppressions, and rendering religion a liberating force in society.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Rhizomes and Plateaus
1
Sacred Circles
15
Chapter Three Between Text and Action
27
Chapter Four Lascivious Voices
51
Chapter Five An Expedition to the Azure Blue Fringes
75
Chapter Six Customs In and Out of Place
103
Chapter Seven Women Counting
129
Chapter Eight Conceiving Exodus
165
Chapter Nine Blood and Ink
183
Chapter Ten Sea Change
209
Chapter Eleven Beyond the Wall
233
Index
247
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Bonna Devora Haberman has taught at Harvard, Brandeis and Hebrew Universities.

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