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Title:
Words on fire : one woman's journey into the sacred
Author:
Ochs, Vanessa L.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780151983803
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Book

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"When Vanessa Ochs begins to suspect her various physical ailments are due to her leading an "unsanctified life," she decides to travel to Jerusalem with her family to explore the sacred books of Judai"


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Feminist and Yale scholar Ochs, who went to Israel to study sacred texts, discovered through female role models that women can play an active part in often male-dominated Jewish learning. ``Her observations on Israel's nascent feminist movement and the personal narratives of the women she encountered are interwoven into this deeply felt spiritual journey,'' said PW. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Ochs's spiritual odyssey into the study of Jewish sacred texts with other women in Jerusalem provides the framework of this extraordinary book. Accompanying her husband and two young children on a sabbatical year in Jerusalem, the author--an academic from New York--decided to explore the written teachings of her religion. Her scholarly investigations led to her becoming part of the learning process, taking on a study partner, and grappling with the ``Portion of the Week'' (the section read in the synagogue from the Torah on a given week). She then ascended to the more difficult Talmud or biblical commentary study. Ochs presents a ``hands-on'' approach to learning, mixing textual exegesis with colorful portraits of her mentors. How does she reconcile her feminist views with a learning system that is male-dominated? Ochs does some strenuous wrestling on her journey into the sacred. A powerful and important book.-- Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, Md. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Vanessa L. Ochs
Introductionp. ix
1

p. 1

2

p. 29

3

p. 51

4

p. 69

5

p. 101

6

p. 132

7

p. 164

8

p. 194

9

p. 217

10

p. 235

11

p. 263

12

p. 287

13

p. 311

Afterwordp. 326
Afterword to the Westview Editionp. 329
Selected Recent Writings on Judaismp. 349
Indexp. 351