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New Jewish Feminism Probing the Past, Forging the Future

ISBN-10: 1580233597
ISBN-13: 9781580233590
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: LongHill Partners, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Growing up in the 1960s, the notion of a woman rabbi, a woman Israeli Supreme Court judge, an Orthodox female Talmud scholar, or an Orthodox synagogue where women read the Torah from their side of the mechitzah were impossible, even ridiculous scenarios. Yet in the modern day, all of this is reaching the stage of normative. Whats left for Jewish feminism to accomplish? What makes a Jewish woman today, and how has feminism affected her identity? Is the next generation of young Jewish women braced to tackle new issues or do they see Jewish feminism as their mothers issue? This empowering anthology looks at the growth and accomplishments of Jewish feminism and what that means for Jewish women today and tomorrow. It features the voices of women in the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox movements; rabbis, congregational leaders, artists, writers, community service professionals, academics, and chaplains; women from the United States, Canada, and Israel. Topics include women in: The Synagogue Halakhah Jewish Communal Life Israel Theology Ritual

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein , one of the leading rabbis of a new generation, is director of Kolel: The Adult Center for Liberal Jewish Learning, a full-time progressive adult Jewish learning center. Goldstein lectures frequently throughout North America. She is also editor of The Women's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions ; and The Women's Haftarah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Haftarah Portions, the 5 Megillot and Special Shabbatot ; and author of the award-winning New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future and ReVisions: Seeing Torah through a Feminist Lens (all Jewish Lights).Rabbi Elyse Goldstein is available to speak on the following topics: Women and Judaism Reform Judaism Jewish Parenting General Judaica

Anita Diamant is the author of Saying Kaddish, Choosing a Jewish Life, The New Jewish Wedding, Living a Jewish Life, The New Jewish Baby Book, Bible Baby Names, and the bestselling novel, The Red Tent. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD , is a rabbi and scholar who was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and earned a PhD in Jewish philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the Shalom Hartman Institute's director of lay leadership education and co-director of its North American Scholars Circle. She is also a member of the faculty of HUC-JIR, Jerusalem, and teaches in communities throughout North America. She is co-author of two books, Striving Toward Virtue and Preparing Your Heart for the High Holidays , and author of many articles and rituals. She lives outside Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their children, Tehillah and Yedidya.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Women and Theology
Calling All Theologians
Major Trends in Jewish Feminist Theology: The Work of Rachel Adler, Judith Plaskow, and Rebecca Alpert
To Her We Shall Return: Jews Turning to the Goddess, the Goddess Turning to Jews
Metaphors of God
Creation Theology: Theology for the Rest of Us
Women, Ritual, and Torah
The Hermeneutics of Curiosity: On Reclamation
The Politics and Aesthetics of Jewish Women's Spirituality
The Pink Tallit: Women's Rituals as Imitative or Inventive?
From Ancient Times to Modern Meaning: Jewish Women Claim Their Ritual Power
Torah Study "For Women"
Transforming Our Stories through Midrash
Women and the Synagogue
From the Personal to the Communal: How Women Have Changed the Rabbinate
The Ascent of the Woman Cantor: Shira Hamaalot
Orthodox Women in Rabbinic Roles
Feminism and the Transformation of the Synagogue
Where Are the Jewish Men?: The Absence of Men from Liberal Synagogue Life
Pacing Change: The Impact of Feminism on Conservative Synagogues
Women in the Conservative Synagogue
Women in Israel
A Thirty-Year Perspective on Women and Israeli Feminism
Gender in Israeli Liberal Liturgy
Masorti (Conservative Israeli) Women
The First Decade of the Orthodox Women's Revolution in Israel: The Case of Kolech
Gender, Sexuality, and Age
Jewish Feminism, Sexuality, and a Sexual Justice Agenda
If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Examine the Soul: Jewish Feminism and Gender Expression
Koach Banot (Girl Power): Talking Feminism with Jewish Teen Girls
Portrait of the Writer as a Young Feminist
The Pink Ghetto
Women and the Denominations
Orthodoxy and Feminism
The Changing Status of Women in Liberal Judaism: A Reflective Critique
Feminism and Halakhah: The Jew Who (Still) Isn't There
Feminism and Jewish Law in Conservative Judaism
Women and the Reconstructionist Movement
Leadership and Social Justice
Jewish Women's Leadership for the Twenty-first Century
Bread, Roses, and Chutzpah: Jewish Women in American Social Movements
Women's Right to a World Free of Violence
Servants before the King: Raising Up the Healer to Leadership
Post-Triumphalism and the New Haskalah
Notes
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading

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