On Women & Judaism: A View from Tradition

On Women & Judaism: A View from Tradition

On Women & Judaism: A View from Tradition

On Women & Judaism: A View from Tradition

Synopsis

An Orthodox Jew and an outspoken feminist, Blu Greenberg offers help in integrating both positions in a wide range of issues: women in the home and Synagogue, divorce, abortion and feminism and Jewish law.

Excerpt

As the reader will note, the greater part of this book consists of essays that have appeared in a variety of journals, though I have taken the opportunity afforded by the present publication to make some revisions. Nevertheless, there is still some overlap here and there. I have tried to keep this to a minimum, but a certain repetition was necessary in order to flow logically from one idea to another within a given chapter.

There are also many issues that are not dealt with altogether. This effort was not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of women and Judaism, nor could any one person undertake the task. The Jewish tradition is a vast one. Even within the few areas that I treat, I have touched but the tip of the iceberg. This is the strength and wonder of the tradition, not its handicap. Thus, one must overcome the feeling of knowing nothing. One simply makes a beginning somewhere and then proceeds with a good deal of subjective feeling. I can only hope that those who know more, as well as those who know less, will be able to find something of merit in this work, either in the nature of a new perspective or in the encounter with previously unfamiliar sources.

There is, however, a unifying theme throughout the collection. It comes in the form of the questions running through my mind as I reflect on each particular issue. What position can we as committed Jews take toward feminism? What can we integrate, what must we reject? Where must we separate ourselves from mainstream feminism, and what are the pressure points in our tradition that, because we are women, we must locate? How and where . . .

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