Reflections on Feminist Jewish Approaches to the Bible and the Making of a Feminist Jew in Israel

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Abstract

This article incorporates personal insights into the development of feminist Jewish approaches to the Bible. I discuss what it means to be a feminist Jew in Israel and make a clear distinction between feminist Jews and Jewish feminists, by using my personal history as a feminist Jew and how my upbringing in an intense American Jewish environment influenced me. I explain how I became a feminist Jew and reflect on the Jewish feminism that emerged between the 70s and the 90s. My reflections are part of the process through which I became a midrash writer and an independent Bible scholar and in doing so I situate myself within various feminist/Jewish approaches to the Bible. In the third section of this article I describe how I and other feminist Jews have dealt with the problematics of being both Jewishly engaged as well as being ardent feminists. I conclude the article by citing a poem by a well-known Bible scholar who represents to me what it means to be female and Jewish at the same time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-62
Number of pages12
JournalMelilah: Journal of Jewish Studies
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • JEWISH feminism
  • BIBLICAL scholars
  • JUDAISM
  • AMERICAN Jews
  • JEWISH law

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