Voices of the matriarchs : listening to the prayers of early modern Jewish women (Book, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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Voices of the matriarchs : listening to the prayers of early modern Jewish women

Author: Chava Weissler
Publisher: Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, ©1998.
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Most studies of Judaism focus on sources produced by and for learned men - the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the Midrash, legal codes, and works of medieval philosophy, mysticism, and Hasidism. All these texts were written in Hebrew - a language seventeenth- through nineteenth-century Jewish women were not given the opportunity to learn. With Voices of the Matriarchs, Chava Weissler restores balance to our knowledge of
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Weissler, Chava.
Voices of the matriarchs.
Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)594881266
Online version:
Weissler, Chava.
Voices of the matriarchs.
Boston, Mass : Beacon Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607095166
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chava Weissler
ISBN: 0807036161 9780807036167
OCLC Number: 38948378
Description: xxvi, 269 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Jewish Spirituality in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries --
pt. I. The Tkhines, Religious Literature in Yiddish, and the Construction of Gender in Ashkenazic Judaism. 1. The Tkhines: An Introduction. 2. Studying Women's Religion. 3. The Construction of Gender in Yiddish Devotional Literature. 4. Mitsvot Built into the Body: Tkhines for Niddah, Pregnancy, and Childbirth. 5. Women in Paradise --
pt. II. The Tkhines and Mystical Spirituality. 6. Kabbalistic Candle Lighting. 7. Tears for the Shekhinah. 8. Candles for the Dead --
pt. III. Bringing the Tkhines Home. 9. American Transformations of the Tkhines. 10. The Feminist Scholar and the Tkhines. Epilogue: The Sixth Relation.
Responsibility: Chava Weissler.
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Most studies of Judaism focus on sources produced by and for learned men - the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the Midrash, legal codes, and works of medieval philosophy, mysticism, and Hasidism. All these texts were written in Hebrew - a language seventeenth- through nineteenth-century Jewish women were not given the opportunity to learn. With Voices of the Matriarchs, Chava Weissler restores balance to our knowledge of Judaism by providing the first look at non-Hebrew Jewish source materials: the vernacular women's devotional prayers called tkhines. In Weissler's hands, these Yiddish prayers open a window into early modern Ashkenazic women's lives, beliefs, devotion, and relationships with God.

In the last section of Voices of the Matriarchs Weissler looks at the changes the twentieth century wrought in the practice of writing and reciting tkhines.

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