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Jewish Women's Torah Study

Orthodox Religious Education and Modernity, 1st Edition

By Ilan Fuchs


284 pages

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One of the cornerstones of the religious Jewish experience in all its variations is Torah study, and this learning is considered a central criterion for leadership. Jewish Women’s Torah Study addresses the question of women's integration in the halachic-religious system at this pivotal intersection.

The contemporary debate regarding women’s Torah study first emerged in the second half of the 19th century. As women’s status in general society changed, offering increased legal rights and opportunities for education, a debate on the need to change women’s participation in Torah study emerged. Orthodoxy was faced with the question: which parts, if any, of modernity should be integrated into Halacha?

Exemplifying the entire array of Orthodox responses to modernity, this book is a valuable addition to the scholarship of Judaism in the modern era and will be of interest to students and scholars of Religion, Gender Studies and Jewish Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Torah Studies by Women: The Halachic Infrastructure 2 Fighting Assimilation: Women's Education in Eastern European Orthodoxy 3 Women’s Education and the Learners’ Society 4 TheTorah Study for Women in the New World: The American Experience 5 "Women Shall Encircle Man": Torah Study for Women in the Teachings of R Menahem Mendel Schneerson 6 Satmar and Women's Education: Education as a Root Cause of Promiscuity 7 Moderate Orthodoxy and Women’s Torah Study

About the Author

Ilan Fuchs is a research associate in the Hadassah Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law. His research interests include; Jewish law, history of Jewish Orthodoxy, gender and religion. His most recent articles include; "Women’s Testimony in Jewish Law," (forthcoming, Hebrew Union College Annual)and "The Yeshiva as a political Institution," (forthcoming, Modern Judaism).

About the Series

Routledge Jewish Studies Series

Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Judaism / Sacred Writings
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies