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Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues back issues
March 22, 2013... In recent decades, reception history has gained an increasingly prominent place in biblical studies. Concerned not with how scripture came to be, but with the influence it has come to have, this branch of the discipline attends to the ways that the Bible has been read and interpreted throughout...
"Gedolah Aveirah Lishmah": Mothers of the Davidic Dynasty, Feminine Seduction and the Development of Messianic Thought, from Rabbinic Literature to R. Moshe Haim Luzzatto
March 22, 2013... The statement Gedolah aveirah lishmah mimitzvah shelo lishmah (Greater is a transgression performed with good intention, than a commandment performed with no intent) is remarkable in its daring and simplicity. This statement by R. Nahman b. Yitzhak belongs to a sugiyah (pericope) that appears...
Anonymous No More: Carol Hamoy's Visible Women
March 22, 2013... For all the dinners are cooked; the plates and cups washed; the children sent to school and gone out into the world. Nothing remains of it all. All has vanished. No biography or history has a word to say about it.... All these infinitely obscure lives remain to be recorded. --Virginia Woolf,...
Professionalism, Femininity and Feminism in the Life of Hannah Semer (1924-2003), First Lady of Israeli Journalism
March 22, 2013... Hannah Semer broke through the glass ceiling and glass walls of her profession in a way no other Israeli female journalist had done before. Indeed, her groundbreaking work as a woman journalist remains unique in Israel, and few women journalists in the world have equaled her achievements. Semer...
"They Let the Children Live": The Midwives at a Political Crossroads
March 22, 2013... A review of Exodus rabbah 1, with its collection of traditions concerning the Hebrew midwives whose actions introduce the story of the Exodus from Egypt, illuminates from a unique perspective the power of women's resistance and its political influence. The reading proposed here examines a...