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Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The past two decades in the United States have seen an immense liberalization and expansion of women's roles in society. Recently, however, some women have turned away from the myriad, complex choices presented by modern life and chosen instead a Jewish orthodox tradition that sets strict and rigid guidelines for women to follow.

Lynn Davidman followed the conversion to Ort
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 23rd 1993 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Feb 05, 2011 Amanda added it
Same conclusions, over and over. Modern orthodox rich career women: stable. Nut jobs being deported to a chabad in st. paul: not stable. shock me shock me shock me.
Jan 05, 2008 Juliana rated it liked it
Recommends it for: religion geeks, julian
Expansion of author's dissertation on the subject. Pretty interesting, quick read (although okay, I skimmed some of her basic explanations of what ethnography is, as I already know that). She used interviews and participant observation to explore the lives of women new to a modern Orthodox congregation (Lincoln Square Synagogue in NYC) and a residential institute run by the Lubavitch Hasidim (Bais Chana in St. Paul, MN). The most interesting part was the narratives professional women had about t ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it
This is a very well researched exploration of women returning to Orthodox Judaism in two different ways. The book is written in a traditional way and contains a lot of very interesting material and ideas. One of the few bits of extensive qualitative research into Jewish life and practice.
Apr 26, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: judaica, non-fiction
Although a bit dated, the scholar in me appreciates the footnotes and the intense respect to scholarly detail.
Anthony Nuccio
Oct 15, 2014 Anthony Nuccio rated it it was amazing
An interesting peek inside the world of orthodox Judaism and how women view themselves in that world.
C Lynn
Jul 20, 2016 C Lynn rated it really liked it
Well written, engaging ethnography, contrasting "ba'alat teshuvah," women who adopt Orthodox Judaism as adults, in two different settings. Davidman's book is “an attempt to understand how and why young, educated, secular Jewish women are attracted to religious communities that offer such traditional definitions of gender and how these women are then resocialized into the community’s norms and way of life” (43).
Oct 20, 2013 Courtney rated it it was ok
Recommended to Courtney by: people interested in baal teshuva
Shelves: books-i-own, jewish, women
It was okay. It was nice sociological study of women who chose to live Orthodox Jewish lives however, I felt like the title and introduction were a bit misleading. I assumed that it would be about Gentile women who had chose Orthodox Judaism, not Jewish women. The book focuses on ba'lot teshuvah, not converts, although the word 'convert' and 'conversion' frequently appears throughout the piece it refers to the transformation of a non-practicing Jew into one who observes the mitvoth.

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Stephen Cranney
It was all right. Standard ethnography, nothing special, even though the topic itself was quite interesting.
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