Women and Jewish Law: The Essential Texts, Their History, and Their Relevance for Today
by Rachel Biale
How has a legal tradition determined by men affected the lives of women? What are the traditional Jewish views of marriage, divorce, sexuality, contraception, abortion? Women and Jewish Law gives contemporary readers access to the central texts of the Jewish religious tradition on issues of special concern to women. Combining a historical overview with a thoughtful feminis...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 22nd 1995 by Schocken
(first published August 12th 1984)
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Dec 11, 2011 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Excellent introductory study of the way women are understood and framed within major Jewish texts. We used this text for a graduate course on Women and Jewish law, and I highly recommended it. It may be a little technical for some readers, but it is written for a general audience.
I was fascinated by the discussion of Jewish texts and abortion, sex within marriage, sex outside of marriage, purity etc. I was surprised by much of what I read. And at times challenged - oh, wow, ancient Jewish texts were sometimes surprisingly sex-positive.