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By Emily Taitz Taitz and Sondra Henry (354 Pages)Ages 12+ Publisher: Jewish Publication Society, 2003
This is an indispensable resource about the role of Jewish women from post-biblical times to the twentieth century. Unique in its approach, it is structured so that each chapter, which is divided into three parts, covers a specific period and geographical area.
The first part contains an overview, explaining how historical events affected Jews in general and Jewish women in particular. This is followed by a section of biographical entries of representative women whose lives are set in their economic, familial, and cultural background. The third and last part of each chapter, "The World of Jewish Women," is organized by topic and covers women s activities and interests and how Jewish laws concerning women developed and changed.
This comprehensive work is an easy-to-use sourcebook, synopsizing rich and diverse resources. By examining history and analyzing the dynamics of Jewish law and custom, it illuminates the circumstances of Jewish women s lives and traces the changes that have occurred throughout the centuries. It casts a new and clear light on Jewish women as individuals and sets women firmly within the context of their own cultural and historical periods.
This new JPS Desk Reference title contains illustrations, boxed text, extensive endnotes, and indices that list each woman by name.
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