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Jewish Women's Voices

Reconstructing stories, ritual, and the divine in American Jewish denominations

ariel wolpe

on 30 November 2010

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How are Jewish feminist women re-understanding and finding space in a patriarchal Jewish tradition? Creating Midrash Patriarchel Tradition in Judaism Feminist Jewish Movement Feminine in Divine Ritual Innovation Tanach (Hebrew Bible), Talmud (Jewish Oral Law), Halakha (Jewish Law) Jewish Women's Voices Re-constructing Stories, Ritual and the Divine in American Jewish Traditions Judith Plaskow Jenny Kien Esther M. Broner Orthodox Conservative Reform Reconstructionist Renewal Small number of women and women's stories told in the Tanach. Miriam, Deborah and Huldah are called prophetess, but are allotted little textual space, nor do they leave writings as male prophets have However, their presence does suggest history of women's religious power and agency The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
historical fiction of the rape of Dinah (Genesis 34) Midrash is a Jewish tradition of creating a narrative interpretation of biblical events and personalities that require further explanation Vanessa Ochs Websites, Books, organizations for New Ritual Sources.

"This website is all about Jewish ritual innovations for holidays and lifecycles as well as time-honored Jewish customs. We want to encourage you to be creative in making or adapting rituals that meet your own personal, religious, and aesthetic requirements. Making a ritual your own can involve many dedicated hours of research, writing and compiling, or it can involve spending just a little bit of time personalizing something that already exists." Rosh Hodesh Gathering at Western Wall God as dominating, independent, male Other "Barukh attah Adonai, elohenu melekh ha-olam, asher. . ." "Blessed are You, O Lord our God, sovereign [literally: king] of the universe, who..." Goddess revered among early semites in Middle East Using the Tanach as a text to support the worship of the "goddess." By rejecting worship of other dieties, it evidences goddess worship. "Divine Woman" represents
a universal life force and social interation of women and the divine HIghlighting and Inventing images of a "Great Mother" "Queen of Heaven" "Mother Earth" and using terms that communicate mutual relationship and inclusiveness Rituals are conventional or patterned way of doing things that have shared and often multiple meanings, and are the products of a place, a time, available physical materials, and appealing practices of other peoples
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