Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics by Dr. Rachel Adler

By Dr. Rachel Adler

This can be a pioneering paintings on what it capability to “engender” Jewish tradition—how women’s complete inclusion can and needs to remodel our figuring out and perform of Jewish legislation, prayer, and marriage. Adler’s writing is passionate, sharply clever and provides a significant research of conventional biblical and rabbinic texts. Engendering Judaism demanding situations either mainstream Judaism and feminist dogma and speaks around the routine in addition to to Christian theologians and feminists.

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I will not abandon traditional texts, and I will not absolve them of moral responsibility. As the saying goes, Faced with two alternatives, always choose the third. Through the stories I examine in this chapter, I introduce both some of the problems raised by the project of a feminist theology of 1 << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com CHAPTER 1 Judaism and a third way of resolving them. The stories I have chosen depict the rabbi as holy hero.

The way Jewish women and men have seen themselves represented and the way they have seen holiness represented in these stories cannot but affect their own sense of women s capacity for holiness, and the danger they present to the holiness of men. My third way to face these de/facing texts brings them to judgment, utilizing feminist elaborations of object relations and psychoanalytic theory as tools for understanding the psychology of their depiction of the feminine other. But the ultimate goal of my third way is not judgment but restoration.

Robbers came on me and forced from me all that I had, he tells a neighbor he has met on the road (Ba’u alai v’ansu kol mah she’hayah li). The sexual connotations of the verbs are even more explicit in Hebrew. If the sin is defilement through violation, what is the remedy? Meir makes a pilgrimage to the Babylonian yeshivah to have his question answered: Akhshav mah takanah yesh li? What remedy have I now? but also what penance will restore me? and What sentence do I deserve? Meir is sentenced not to a punishment but to a heroic ordeal.

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