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Jews and Gender features sixteen authors exploring the history and culture of the intersection of Judaism and gender from the biblical world to today. Topics include subversive readings of biblical texts; reappraisal of rabbinic theory and practice; women in mysticism, Chasidism, and Yiddish literature; and women in contemporary culture and politics. Accessible and comprehensive, this volume will appeal to the general reader in addition to engaging with contemporary academic scholarship.

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  1. Cover
  2. p. Cover
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  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. The Heroines of Everyday Life: Ancient Israelite Women in Context
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. An Ironic/Satirical, Subversively Proto-Feminist Reading of the Daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27 and 36
  2. pp. 15-27
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  1. Constructing Gender Bride by Bride: Rabbinic Ideas of Citizenship in Light of Gender
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. Gendering Emotion in Genesis Rabbah
  2. pp. 41-61
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  1. The Legalization of Modesty: Sources and Significance
  2. pp. 63-76
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  1. Marriage, Motherhood, and the Matriarchs in the Zohar
  2. pp. 77-99
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  1. Chasidism and Gender through a New Reading of a Feminist Story of R. Nachman of Breslov
  2. pp. 101-122
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  1. Jewish Homesteader Memoir: A Woman’s Story
  2. pp. 123-134
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  1. “He Wanted to Make Them into Educated, Enlightened People”: Jewish Immigrants, Acculturation, and Gender Stereotypes in A. D. Oguz’s Di fraydenker
  2. pp. 135-155
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  1. Locking Up Al Levy: Jewish Masculinity in the Early Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 157-177
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  1. Golda Meir, Sarojini Naidu, and the Rise of Female Political Leaders in British India and British Mandate Palestine
  2. pp. 179-195
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  1. Jewish Feminism as a Model for Judaism as a Choice
  2. pp. 197-215
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  1. The Pioneering American Jewish Women Directors: From Elaine May to Claudia Weill
  2. pp. 217-243
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  1. “When You’re a Funny Girl”: Confirming and Complicating Accepted Cultural Images of Jewish Femininity in the Films of Barbra Streisand
  2. pp. 245-269
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  1. “Schlemiel Feminism”: Jewish Humor and Activism on Broad City
  2. pp. 271-281
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  1. Poskot in the Palace of Torah: A Preliminary Study of Orthodox Feminism and Halachic Process
  2. pp. 283-311
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