Women As Ritual Experts The Religious Lives of Elderly Jewish Women in Jerusalem

ISBN-10: 019511146X

ISBN-13: 9780195111460

Edition: 1997 (Reprint)

Authors: Susan Starr Sered

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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem. Sered visited the women in their homes and accompanied them on trips to holy tombs, local ethnic synagogues, and Judaica classes. She finds that, though mainly illiterate and excluded from formal religious practices, the women are experts in rituals aimed at safeguarding the well-being of their extended families. By analyzing their rituals, daily experiences, life-stories, and non-verbal gestures, Sered uncovers the strategies these women have used to circumvent the patriarchal institutions of Judaism, and how they have developed their own "little tradition" within and parallel to the "great tradition" of Torah Judaism.
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Old Women as the Link Between the Generations
The Dual Meaning of Religiosity Women, Men, and Morality
Between Woman and God
From the Female Perspective
Sacralizing the Feminine Food Preparation As a Religious Activity
The Liberation of Widowhood From the Private to the Public
Ritual Expertise In the Modern World
Conclusion: The Makingof a Ritual Expert
Glossary of Hebrew Terms
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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