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Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics
by Rachel Adler
This is a pioneering work on what it means to “engender” Jewish tradition—how women’s full inclusion can and must transform our understanding and practice of Jewish law, prayer, and marriage. Adler’s writing is passionate, sharply intelligent and offers a serious study of traditional biblical and rabbinic texts. Engendering Judaism challenges both mainstream Judaism and fe ...more
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published September 10th 1999 by The Jewish Publication Society
(first published January 1998)
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Jul 21, 2008 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: Beth Sholom Library
One of the seminal books of Jewish feminism (first published in the 1990s, I believe). Lots of fascinating stuff in here, including a new approach to kiddushin, & a text to use instead of a ketubah, for both straight & gay couples.
This book does a very good job of identifying the problematic aspects of the roles of women in the Torah and in traditional Judaism. In some instances (like the chapter on inclusive language in worship) it is better at identifying the problems with making the necessary reforms than with proposing said reforms. However, the chapter on marriage does an excellent job of proposing a system that transforms marriage from ownership to partnership-- and in such a way to benefit both heterosexual and hom ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I read excerpts of this book for a course on Women in Jewish Law, and had to go back and read the whole thing because I liked it so much. Chapter 4, "Justice & Peace Shall Kiss: An Ethics of Sexuality and Relationship" is especially interesting to those studying religion and gender/ sexuality as a whole; I found it applicable to a wide range of subjects outside of Judaism. And of course, Chapter 2, "Here Comes Skotsl", is required reading for everyone interested in feminist Jewish theology.
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