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Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women

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Format: Book- Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781786941718
Author: Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz
Publication Date: 28-Feb-2021
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Table of Contents:


1. Studying Jewish Women
The Double Invisibility of Orthodox Jewish Women
The Scope of Women’s Religious Lives
Overlapping Worlds I: The Intersection of Men’s and Women’s Religious Lives
Overlapping Worlds II: Living in Jewish and Western Contexts
Power and Patriarchy: Do Orthodox Women Have Agency?

2. Setting the Scene: The Jewish Landscape
Jews in London: Historical Background
Community, Communities, Networks, and Identity
The Development of British Orthodoxy and the British Jewish Landscape
Jewish Religious Topography Today
Changing Moods among British Jewish Women
Defining Terms: Talking about the Anglo-Jewish Community
Previous Research on British Orthodox Women

3. The View from the Ladies’ Gallery: Women’s ‘Official’ Life in the Community
Women and the Synagogue
The Changing Place of Women in Other Communal Arenas

4. Contested Prayers and Powerful Blessings: Women’s ‘Unofficial’ Life in the Community
Creating Sacred Spaces
Nuturing the Community
New Developments: Sharing the Sacred with Men

5. Women’s ‘Official’ Life in the Family
The Sabbath
Food and Kashrut
Mikveh and ‘Family Purity’
Visiting the Dead
Prayer and Relationship with God

6. Red Threads and Amulets: Women’s ‘Unofficial’ Life in the Family
Questioning the Community: Limitations and Caveats
Definitions and Status of Practices
Testing Stereotypes and Assumptions
What Customs Are Practised?
Who Practises These Customs?
Age as a Factor in Knowledge and Performance of Customs
Origins and Development
The Question of ‘Magic’
Women’s Understanding of Customs and Practices


Appendices: Background Data



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