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  • Elior
    Rachel
    "Men and Women, Gender, Judaism & Democracy",
    Elior
    Rachel
    , 2005 .
    Synopsis:

    Men and Women: Gender, Judaism and Democracy is a collection of articles on the socio-legal status of women in Israel, the religious and cultural context of their rights, and their equality according to religious and civil law. The significance of the heritage of the past, the challenges of the present, and the constructive criticism aiming to suggest alternative outlooks for the future, are elaborated on by eleven leading thinkers.

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  • Fader
    Ayala
    "Mitzvah Girls – Bringing up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn",
    Fader
    Ayala
    , 2009 .
    Synopsis:

    Mitzvah Girls is an ethnographic study about how Hasidic Jewish girls are brought up in Brooklyn to become the women responsible for raising the next generation of non-liberal Orthodox Jews (haredim).  Ayala Feder gives us a fascinating view of the “other side”, examining language, gender, and attitudes to the body from infancy to adulthood in the context of homes, classrooms, and city streets.  She points to several examples in the lives of these young women that collapse conventional distinctions between the religious and the secular.

     

     

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  • Ross
    Tamar
    "Expanding the Palace of the Torah",
    Ross
    Tamar
    , 2004 .
    Synopsis:

    Prof. Ross's book is an examination of the theological implications for Orthodox Judaism of women's changed status in the modern world.

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  • Baker
    Adrienne
    "Jewish Woman in Contemporary society: Transitions and Traditions",
    Baker
    Adrienne
    , 1994 .
    Synopsis:

    Focusing on Jewish women in the United States and Britain, Adrienne Baker examines issues such as women's role in religious law, the spectrum of synagogue observance, the mother's role as conveyor of tradition, conversion and inter- faith marriages, and sexuality. In particular, the book examines the impact of feminism on Jewish women and their culture, uncovering the counter influences of tradition and new freedoms on women's lives.

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  • Barack Fishman
    Sylvia
    "A Breath of Life: Feminism in the American Jewish Community",
    Barack Fishman
    Sylvia
    , 1995 , March .
    Synopsis:

    This book assesses the impact of feminism on contemporary Jewish life through various sources, including women who discuss the challenges of combining faith, community, family, and individual needs.

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  • Barack Fishman
    Sylvia
    "Feminism in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Life",
    Barack Fishman
    Sylvia
    , 2000 , April .
    Synopsis:

    The victories and successes of the feminist movement have surely had a strong impact on liberal Jewish movements, however one wonders if similar effects have been prevalent in Orthodoxy. To explore where Orthodox feminism is currently, the William Petschek National Jewish Family Center commissioned a study of the inroads of feminism within Orthodoxy. This work of the author, co-director of the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University, not only maps out the accomplishments of feminism but also charts possible directions for the future.

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  • Berkovic
    Sally
    "Straight Talk: My Dilemma As a Modern Orthodox Woman",
    Berkovic
    Sally
    , 1999 .
    Synopsis:

    Writing in the first person to her daughters, Berkovic relates stories from her upbringing to reconcile the contradictions between the opportunities of modern life and the constrictions of Orthodox practice.

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  • Greenberg
    Blu
    "On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition",
    Greenberg
    Blu
    , 1981 .
    Synopsis:

    A classic for nearly 20 years, this thought-provoking volume explores the role of Jewish women in the synagogue, in the family, and in the secular world. Greenberg offers ways to change present Jewish practices so that they more readily reflect feminine equality.

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  • Greenberg
    Blu
    "How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household",
    Greenberg
    Blu
    , 1985 .
    Synopsis:

    Jewish and other religious leaders, critics and readers everywhere have embraced Blu Greenberg's guide to understanding, accepting and incorporating the ways of Orthodox Judaism into the contemporary household of the 80's.

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  • Halperin-Kaddari
    Ruth
    "Women in Israel: A State of Their Own",
    Halperin-Kaddari
    Ruth
    , 2003 .
    Synopsis:

    Offering a distinctive and subtle analysis of tensions between government policies on religious matters and feminism, Halperin-Kaddari shows how women in Israel indeed have a state of their own--in the sense not of liberating refuge but of unfair marginalization.

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  • Pearl
    Liz, ed.
    "Living Legacies: A Collection of Inspirational Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women. Volume II",
    Pearl
    Liz, ed.
    , 2010 .
    Synopsis:

    This volume, edited by Liz Pearl (M.Ed., an educator and therapist specializing in psychogeriatrics and expressive arts therapy in Toronto), includes some 40 essays and memoirs by Canadian Jewish women such as Ellen Frank, Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Jenny Laing and Gloria Levi.   The topics range from the search for a unique identity to word grudges, to mental illness, to the search for identity, to finding a daughter/sister. 

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  • Mindel
    Necha
    "The Modern Jewish Woman: A Unique Perspective",
    Mindel
    Necha
    , 1981 .
    Synopsis:

    Necha Mindel addresses the Lubavitch perspective on modern Jewish women.

  • Baumel Joseph
    Norma
    ,
    Greenberg
    Blu
    "Opening Plenary: Passion and Possibility",
    Baumel Joseph
    Norma
    ,
    Greenberg
    Blu
    , 2007 .
    Synopsis:

    Jewish Orthodox feminists are a diverse group whose efforts seek to inspire religious lives and communities. The celebration and utilization of this diversity can, and should, be a model for the larger Modern Orthodox community. As JOFA celebrates its 10th anniversary, it is important to revisit what it means to say "I am a Jewish Orthodox feminist" and explore the many different ways that nomenclature been used and interpreted. At a time when the Jewish community in general and Orthodoxy in particular is trying to find its commonality, can we challenge ourselves in our vision of the future to accommodate difference? How can this vision, in turn, lead to a more passionate observance and a more empowered religious experience?