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ReVisions : seeing Torah through a feminist lens
Goldstein, Elyse.
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Woodstock, Vt. : Jewish Lights, 1998.
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207 pages ; 23 cm
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What does it mean to re-vision Torah?

"I use the title ReVisions for this book because I want readers both to revise--in the classic definition of reexamine and alter--and to see the text anew, to have a new vision, a 'revision,' of Torah.... It begins with the notion that women see the text differently than men do, ask different questions and bring different answers.... This book is not about rewriting the Torah. It is about rereading it."
--from the Introduction

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein--woman, rabbi, scholar, and feminist--challenges and defends, rereads and reinterprets the ancient text, revealing to modern readers a way to see Judaism anew, for a new vision--a "revision"--of the Torah. Goldstein boldly brings the Torah into a contemporary context at the same time she honestly reconciles its past.

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Library Journal Review

One focus of feminist discussion of Hebrew scripture is how little we know about biblical women. Traditionally, biblical commentary was an arena reserved for male scholars. Goldstein's thesis is that women are central to discussions of the Bible. In his introduction, Irving Greenberg discusses how the Reform and Orthodox communities will react to his endorsement of a book, written by a female Reform rabbi. What is more important is that feminists and traditionalists are coming to terms and accepting each other. Goldstein divides her work into three sections: women, menstruation, and the vestiges of ancient goddess-worship. She juxtaposes biblical quotations with personal musings, and supports her discussion with the work of contemporary scholars, providing ways for readers to understand biblical women, taboo issues, and the connections between women and the deity. Recommended for large public libraries and academic libraries with holdings in Judaica and feminism.¬ĎNaomi E. Hafter, Broward Cty. P.L., Lauderhill, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.