Abstract

Positive attitudes towards in-depth study of Torah by women are widely regarded as a post-modern feminist phenomenon. It is therefore of great interest to see earlier sources composed in a traditional milieu that express deep admiration for women choosing as their life’s vocation immersion in the highest levels of Torah study—even if in order to do so they must forfeit the conventional roles of wife and mother. Rabbi Joseph Mesas’s lesson on Mishnah Avot 6:1 is a fine example of such a source, and it is to the analysis and discussion of his teaching that this article is devoted.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1565-5288
Print ISSN
0793-8934
Pages
pp. 39-55
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-13
Open Access
No
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