In this Book
- A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls: The Torah’s Covenant Affirmed
- Published by: Brandeis University Press
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Siegel builds on the notion that modern ceremonies should focus on a newborn girl's entry into the covenant between God and Israel and examines classic Jewish texts that speak to the critical question of women's inclusion in the covenant. A bold new perspective on the relation between the covenant and male circumcision reveals why the covenantal status of Jewish women stands independent of this male rite.
Siegel formulates a vision for the next phase in the development of Jewish rituals for newborn girls by placing these new rituals within the context of Jewish law (halacha) and synthesizing a vast array of pertinent customs, imagery, and texts. Bridging traditional Jewish beliefs and modern feminist ideals, Siegel's powerful insights draw on her experiences and personal feminist philosophy. A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls is an erudite and thought-provoking narrative that will inspire wide-ranging discussions about how and why to commemorate the birth of Jewish girls.
Table of Contents
- Part 1 | Naming and Welcoming
- pp. 1-2
- Part 2 | Covenant
- pp. 91-92
- Part 3 | A Tradition of Customs
- pp. 203-204