Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology...

A pioneering work on what it means to "engender" Jewish tradition, that is, how women`s full inclusion can and must transform our understanding and practice of Jewish law, prayer, sexuality, and marriage. It challenges both mainstream Judaism and feminist dogma, and speaks across the movements as well as to Christian theologians and feminists.

xi PREFACE slight fear that, in her eagerness to hear every word, she would lean too far over the side of the balcony and come tumbling down onto the floor of the synagogue. Fortunately, this never happened. However, each week, as I would sing the words of Shir ha- Kavod, I would see tears rolling down her cheeks. These tears never failed to startle me, though my bubbe and I never spoke of them directly. I simply assumed that her tears re-flected the naches ( pride) she experienced through my participation in the service and the happiness she must have felt because my chanting demonstrated that the Jewish tradition she so loved was successfully be-ing transplanted from the soil of eastern Europe to American shores. However, now I am not so certain that this view is the only explana-tion for my grandmother’s tears. After all, my bubbe was an intelligent and articulate woman. And her daughter, my mother, was a wonderful Hebraist. Their voices were lovely, and I still smile as I recall the cadence and lilt of their words. Yet, there was one place— the synagogue— where their voices were condemned to silence. They, and my sister, unlike my brother or myself, could not ascend the bimah. Their glory, unlike mine, was confined to the domestic realm alone. Perhaps this is why my grand-mother cried, and why she leaned so far over the balcony. It may be that she desired a simple right that ought to have been extended to her— she wanted to be a participant in the conversation of her community. Engendering Judaism will not be without its critics. Some will surely argue with its propositions. However, none will mistake the Jewish pas-sion that informs its pages. And none will deny the intelligence, knowl-edge, and creativity of Rachel Adler. In writing this volume, she has added her voice to those of other contemporary women and men who would construct and redirect the Jewish conversation in our day. In of-fering us this work, Adler has shown us that the human being is not only ha- Medabber— he who speaks. The human being is ha- Medabberet— she who speaks— as well. Engendering Judaism offers a vision of tikkun— repair and redemption— that lies at the heart of Jewish faith. It is an ex-pression ofthat which is best in Jewish tradition.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionEpilogue: On Seeds and RuinsAppendixNotesIntroductionEpilogueIndex of Bible CitationsGeneral Index
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