Men & Women
Gender, Judaism & Democracy

Edited By Rachel Elior
Translated from the Hebrew By Shmuel Sermoneta-Gertel
April 2004
Urim Publications
ISBN: 965-7108-54-3
213 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9"
$22.00 Hardcover


This is a collection of articles on the socio-legal status of women in Israel, the religious and cultural context of their rights, and their equality according to religious and civil law. The collection discusses various points of criticism on the legal, social and cultural situation in Israel. The significance of the heritage of the past, the challenges of the present and constructive criticism aiming to suggest alternative outlooks for the future are elaborated on by eleven different writers.

Contents include: The Family Status of Women: Legal Changes and Social Climate, "The King's Daughter is all Dignified Within"(Psalms 45:14): Basing Israeli Women's Status and Rights on Human Dignity, Israeli Divorce Law: The Maldistribution of Power, its Abuses, and the "Status" of Jewish Women, Women's Suffrage: A Halakhic Perspective, "Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, who hast not made me a woman," Feminism as Tikkun Ha-Olam, The Minyan: Gender and Democracy, Appropriating the Bible: Women and Haskalah in the 19th Century, Written by Men for Men: Feminist Revolution and Innovation in the Canonical Sources, "The Educational Message to Girls and Boys in an Age of Change, Feminist Currents and Trends Among Various Orthodox groups.

Judaism; Women's Studies

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