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Setting the Problem, Laying the Ground

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Emily Wehmhoefer

on 16 November 2015

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Transcript of Setting the Problem, Laying the Ground

As Plaskow concludes her work, she gives some incite on to how things are making progress within Judaism. Plaskow explains that the text is religious but does not always define the attitudes people carry in terms of equality.

pg 22 " ..it will no longer be possible to base women's subordination on appeals to the divine will." Women have risen within Judaism and will not rest until equality is continually pursued
Female Identity within Judaism
"
hearing silence
": the words Judith Plaskow uses when explaining women's roles within Jewish history. Women have always been there, making up nearly half of the jewish populations. However their stories are always told by men, for the benefit of a masochistic world. When finding identity within Judaism women must find themselves in stories instead of being able to see themselves clearly represented.
Exploring the Terrain of Silence
Simone de Beauvoir
establishes the impact of the idea of "other" on women in her writings " The Second Sex". Women within Judaism are a direct recipient of this type of world construct. When developing something or someone as other it now gives the dominate party control, power and authority over the less defined. Within Judaism "men are always the definers, women the defined" pg2 God also uses Women in very significant ways through ie: Sarah and Rebekah as well as Hagar.
Every individual women experiences something different within Judaism. Depending on what sect they follow, how they were raised and if they follow particular parts of the Mishnah.
Women will never be able to be "whole" within Judaism due to the fact that they were the "other" for so long. However this otherness brings women together, which is why the term women's experience is still used pg12-14
Patrilineal descent and Patriarchal control
Laws have been established within the Mishnah as well as the Hebrew Bible to contain this "sexual notions" found in women. These laws almost always surround adultery and virginity. These laws include things such as stoning a women if she loses her virginity, a virgin who is raped must marry her assailant and ideals of forced marriage.
God as Male
God is viewed as male which has greatly impacted women. Especially in terms of the covenant, all the language depicting God is done in a male language. However God does transcend sexually within mystic judaism which gave femininity a place within God. However God is not established as a certain image, because God is seen as male it often gives more responsibility to the men in the family structure.
Setting the Problem, Laying the Ground
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