Gender and Literacy among Young Orthodox Jewish Women

By Tamar El-Or

Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, November 1, 1999

The author describes the social and sociological setting for her anthropological work on Zionism at the intersection of knowledge, gender, and religion, and summarizes her central claim: The spreading practice of intensive Judaic studies among women in the religious Zionist community is a revolutionary phenomenon that will, within a short time, bring about a most profound transformation in orthodox Judaism. This feminist literacy revolution brings with it theological and halachic (Jewish legal) changes. These changes will not be traumatic because they are taking place gradually and along with a continual institutional metamorphosis. They will make the community both more religious and more feminist. In Jewish Women 2000: Conference Papers from the HRIJW International Scholarly Exchanges 1997-1998, ed. Helen Epstein.

Topic: Young Adults, Feminism, Orthodox Judaism, Education, Women

Name of Publication: Working Paper Series

Page Number(s): 199-102

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Genre: Brief

Language: English

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El-Or, Tamar. Gender and Literacy among Young Orthodox Jewish Women. Working Paper Series. Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women. 1 November 1999: 199-102. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2139


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