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  • Ingall
    Carol K., ed.
    "The Women who Reconstructed American Jewish Education 1910-1965",
    Ingall
    Carol K., ed.
    , Brandeis University Press , 2010 , 264.
    Synopsis:

    A collection of essays, edited by Carol Ingall, on the women who “planted the seeds of social reform and progressivism in the soil and soul of American Jewish education” in the twentieth century (p. 1).  While much has been written about the men who transformed Jewish religious education in the United States, very little scholarly analysis has previously been devoted to women. These essay profile ten women, who either influenced or were influenced by Samson Benderly and Mordecai Kaplan, and were instrumental in introducing American Jews to Hebraism and Zionism.  The profiles include hitherto unheralded figures such as Jessie Sampter (Hadassah School of Zionism), Anna Sheman (adult Jewish educator),  Sadie Rose Weilerstein (author of K’tonton), and Sylvia Ettenberg (founder of Camp Ramah and the Melton Research Center, lecturer at JTS).   (See “The Jewish Women’s Archive” http://jwa.org/).

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  • Stampfer
    Shaul
    "Families, Rabbis and Education: Traditional Jewish Society in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe",
    Stampfer
    Shaul
    , 2010 .
    Synopsis:

    This book by Professor Shaul Stampfer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) analyses the social history of ordinary men and especially women in the Jewish community in 19th century Eastern Europe – how they raised their children, the way they studied, how they married, and all the subsequent stages of the life cycle--including the problems of divorce, remarriage, and elderly parents. Stamfer, as a social historian, utilizes diverse source materials such as traditional rabbinic response literature, as wells as Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian texts and newspapers. 

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  • El-or
    Tamar
    "Next Year I Will Know More",
    El-or
    Tamar
    , 2002 .
    Synopsis:

    An investigation into the education of women in the religious Zionist community and its influence on Orthodox Judaism.

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  • El-or
    Tamar
    "Next Year I Will Know More: Literacy & Identity Among Young Orthodox Women In Israel",
    El-or
    Tamar
    , 2002 .
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  • Goldstein
    Elyse, ed.
    "Women's Torah Commentary: New Insights",
    Goldstein
    Elyse, ed.
    , 2000 .
    Synopsis:

    For the first time, women's unique experiences and perspectives are applied to the entire Five Books of Moses, offering us the first comprehensive commentary by women.

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  • Saks
    Jeffrey, ed.
    ,
    Handelman
    Susan A., ed.
    "Wisdom from All My Teachers: Challenges and Initiatives in Contemporary Torah Education",
    Saks
    Jeffrey, ed.
    ,
    Handelman
    Susan A., ed.
    , 2003 .
    Synopsis:

    The twenty essays in this volume are both descriptive and prescriptive. The authors represent a remarkable cross-section of contemporary Torah educators; both men and women, teachers with but a few years of experience, side by side with the leading figures in Torah education, both in Israel and throughout the Diaspora. In Wisdom From All My Teachers, innovative Jewish educators explore the nature of Torah study and its relationship to the love and awe of God, personal moral development; the role of worldly wisdom in Torah education; the cultivation of the student's soul; the challenges of teaching students or adults who do not fit into the mold of the traditional curriculum; deliberations on the teaching of Talmud and Bible to this generation; the use of philosophy and aggadah in the yeshivah curriculum, and the place of the Israel experience in shaping the religious personality. Wisdom From All My Teachers combines erudition with deep concern for the challenges facing the field of Jewish education in the contemporary world. 

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  • Woolf
    Jeffrey Robert
    "Purity and Holiness",
    Woolf
    Jeffrey Robert
    , 2000 .
    Synopsis:

    Purity has long been recognized as one of the essential drives which determines humankind's relationship with the holy. Codes of purity and impurity, dealing with such far-ranging topics as 'external stains' and 'inner remorse', represent the physical and 'bodily' side of religious experience and provide the key to the understanding of human orientation to nature, and the structure of society, including even relationships between the sexes. A feminist perspective is also provided, examining the intertwined relationship between religion, gender and power.

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