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Words On Fire: One Woman's Journey Into The Sacred

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When Vanessa Ochs began to suspect her various ailments were due to her leading an unsanctified life, she decided to use her husband's sabbatical year in Jerusalem to explore the sacred books of Judaism. Armed with the names of women who teach these sacred texts, she set out on a journey of discovery, eventually reconciling her feminist views with the sexist views of ...more
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Published January 1st 1992 by Harvest Books (first published April 1st 1990)
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Simone
Oct 30, 2009 Simone rated it liked it
Vanessa Ochs writes about the struggle of Jewish women to partake in the learning that is common among men, and of the headway that some of them are making in the midst of a culture where women so often keep the home, cook the food and work so that their husbands can spend their lives studying. She speaks to many different women coming from some traditional, some feminist backgrounds, and is unfailingly honest about what rises to the surface in herself as she learns more about Judaism and how it ...more
Adrienne
May 13, 2007 Adrienne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oy.

Every memoir I've read about a woman's journey into the Jewish religious world completely ignores the complexity of participating in a culture that still holds by the social structure and code of ethics that were established 4000 years ago.

This book is no exception.
Michelle Jones
Aug 21, 2010 Michelle Jones rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. Engaging with sacred Jewish texts as a woman is a challenge and it was fascinating to see how Ochs did it head on. Really inspiring.
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Jul 18, 2012 Ellyn rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books about Judaism and feminism. I loved Ochs writing, and she was able to articulate my thinking on so many issues. It's been quite a few years- time to read this one again and see how it holds up for me.
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