Women and Judaism

Women and Judaism

by Malka Drucker

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Overview

Contributors to Women and Judaism describe the many ways in which women are claiming a place in and changing the face of this ancient religion.

"Women and Judaism," the editor writes, "carries an intention to do more than bring the reader new ideas to ponder. For Jewish women, it's a charge to claim and re-claim their rightful place in their tradition … For non-Jewish sisters, we hope that it encourages you to bring change in your traditions as you learn of our effort to be counted as full members of an ancient spiritual community."

In this all-encompassing exploration of Judaism for the modern woman, readers attend the first the Bat Mitzvah 70 years ago, hear an imagined response of biblical mothers asked to give up their children, and learn how each holiday contains an ecological message. Readers explore the power of women within a patriarchal tradition, including the story of the first woman rabbi. Readers see demonstrations of how women keep body, mind, and spirit alive, read a new view of biblical women as heroic role models, and enter the memory of women Holocaust survivors. Some contributors write about sexuality, power, and vulnerability, while others present the newest women's rituals, including Rosh Hodesh and mikveh.


• An introduction by Rabbi Malka Drucker

• Suggestions for further reading

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275991548
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2009
Series: Women and Religion in the World Series
Pages: 257
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Malka Drucker is the founding spiritual leader of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Rabbi Drucker has written 21 books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

IntroductionRabbi Malka Drucker

Part I. WOMEN, FAMILY, AND ENVIRONMENT

1.Unwrapping the Gift

Rabbi Sandi Eisenberg Sasso

2.The Ecological Message of the Holy Days

Ellen Bernstein

3. Sacrificing the Son

Alice Shalvi

Part II. SOCIOECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND AUTHORITY

4. Woman Rabbi in Spiritual Leadership

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

5. Circles of Healing in the Time of Old Age

Rabbi Judith Edelstein

Part III. BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT

6. Biblical Heroes as Role Models for Jewish Women

Rabbi Hara Person

7. Women of the Holocaust: Whispering Heroes

Pamela Treiber Opper

8. How Women Integrate Judaism with Other Spiritual Technologies

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Part IV. SEXUALITY, POWER, AND VULNERABILITY

9. Women in the Double Life of The Song of Songs

Debra Band

10. The Book of Ruth through New Eyes

Joy Silver

11. Becoming a Jew from a Womans Perspective

Judith Willmore

Part V. WOMEN, WORLDVIEW, AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICE

12. Miriams Well: Unearthing the Sacred in Jewish Womens

Groups

Shelly Fredman

13. The Transformative Nature of the Rosh Chodesh Experience

Rabbi Jo David

14. A Renewed Mikvah

Suggested Reading

About the Editor and Contributors

What People are Saying About This

Ted Flicker

"My life in the Arts, has always been as a seeker — reaching for the understanding of the Truth of our existence. To my joyful astonishment, Women and Judaism is a insightful guide toward that Truth. . . . Historically the Jewish religion has been patriarchal. In Rabbi Drucker's book we learn Jewish Biblical history through feminine eyes. But for the heroic women of the Bible there would be no Patriarchs, no Jewish people. The women who have written these essays present new, fresh and perhaps life-changing views of these ancient Matriarchs. And they write about women now. Reader, pay attention, their words are perhaps the first of the Post-Feminist era."

Ted Flicker, artist and film producer

Ted Flicker

"My life in the Arts, has always been as a seeker — reaching for the understanding of the Truth of our existence. To my joyful astonishment, Women and Judaism is a insightful guide toward that Truth. . . . Historically the Jewish religion has been patriarchal. In Rabbi Drucker's book we learn Jewish Biblical history through feminine eyes. But for the heroic women of the Bible there would be no Patriarchs, no Jewish people. The women who have written these essays present new, fresh and perhaps life-changing views of these ancient Matriarchs. And they write about women now. Reader, pay attention, their words are perhaps the first of the Post-Feminist era."

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