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The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1972-2003

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This first collection of Judith Plaskow's essays and short writings traces her scholarly and personal journey from her early days as a graduate student through her pioneering contributions to both feminist theology and Jewish feminism to her recent work in sexual ethics.

Accessibly organized into four sections, the collection begins with several of Plaskow's foundational
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 15th 2005 by Beacon Press
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Charlie Hersh
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Judith Plaskow played a fundamental role in the development of feminist Judaism, and this collection of essays, organized by topic and year, charts that development. I particularly enjoyed Part III, a collection of her theological work, where she imagines what a feminist Judaism can look like and how to get there. I didn't agree with every single essay, and one could certainly pick and choose essays to read based on their specific interests, but overall this is an invaluable work.
Valerie
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Really interesting. I liked her criticism of the anti-Semitic themes in some Christian feminist writing and her criticism of the anti-pagan themes in Judaic feminist writing. I'm not sure I found her argument on whether or not homosexuality is biologically ingrained entirely convincing, but it was an interesting read.
Emily Judds
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
As I'd already read many of Plaskow's other works, I wasn't expecting this to kick me in the face as much as it did. She brings up some REALLY tough questions, makes you squirm in your seat, and forces you to confront side-stopped issues head-on. Uncomfortable, yes, but brilliant and extremely important!
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