In this Book

summary
This engaging book offers the first in-depth analysis of the history, philosophy, and social trends that underpin modern welcoming ceremonies for newborn girls in the Jewish community. Sharon R. Siegel traces the arc of these ceremonies from their emergence in the 1970s until today. She also delves into the history of how Jewish girls have been named over the centuries and explores how this history can shape contemporary welcoming practices.

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

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
  3. open access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. open access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. open access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. open access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
  3. open access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxvi
  3. open access Download |
  1. Part 1 | Naming and Welcoming
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 | Traditional Ashkenazic Naming Practices for Girls
  2. pp. 3-36
  3. open access Download |
  1. 2 | A First and Only Naming
  2. pp. 37-49
  3. open access Download |
  1. 3 | New Modern Practices for Baby Girls
  2. pp. 50-90
  3. open access Download |
  1. Part 2 | Covenant
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 4 | Women and Covenant
  2. pp. 93-118
  3. open access Download |
  1. 5 | The Conflation of Covenant and Circumcision
  2. pp. 119-149
  3. open access Download |
  1. 6 | A Central Covenantal Ritual for Girls
  2. pp. 150-173
  3. open access Download |
  1. 7 | Conveying the Covenantal Theme
  2. pp. 174-202
  3. open access Download |
  1. Part 3 | A Tradition of Customs
  2. pp. 203-204
  1. 8 | Ceremonies for Newborn Girls as Developing Customs
  2. pp. 205-228
  3. open access Download |
  1. A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls
  2. pp. 229-234
  3. open access Download |
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 235-238
  3. open access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-272
  3. open access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-284
  3. open access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9781611684056
Related ISBN
9781611684735
MARC Record
OCLC
866439121
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.