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Title:
Jewish women in historical perspective
Author:
Baskin, Judith Reesa, 1950-
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit, Mich : Wayne State University Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
384 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780814327135
Format :
Book

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Central Library BM729.W6 J49 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

The last decades have seen a growing debate over the status of women in contemporary Judaism. As the conditions of secular Western life have allowed women greater choice in their educational and vocational opportunities and society has begun to endorse female equality with men, dissatisfaction with traditional Jewish limitations on women's participation in communal, religious, and scholarly activities has increased. Whilst there have been numerous contemporary responses to traditional Jewish views of women's roles, perspectives from the past have been missing from the ongoing discussion. This collection of essays is intended to provide such a historical excursion. Each essay provides an overview of the period in question, and asks serious questions about the general situations of Jewish women and their activities in a male-dominated public and intellectual Jewish life, as well as in a larger non-Jewish cultural environment.


Author Notes

Judith R. Baskin is a professor and the chair of the Department of Judaic Studies at the State University of New York at Albany.


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