In this review of Stampfer’s Families, Rabbis and Education: Traditional Jewish Society in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe, Marc B. Shapiro (University of Scranton), reveals some fascinating details about life in 19th Century Eastern Europe. Contrary to stereotypes, women were highly active in the public sphere and often acted as the economic mainstays of the family, there were coed heders for children, and one in every three marriages may have ended in divorce. While the reviewer points out a few factual mistakes, he nevertheless lauds the author for his thorough scholarship.
Book Review of Families, Rabbis and Education: Traditional Jewish Society in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe
History of Education for Women
General Reading - Education