Gender and Jewish History

Indiana University Press  2011

Through her work and research, Paula Hyman, professor of modern Jewish history at Yale, has brought attention to the role of women in Jewish history. In honor of Hyman, Gender and Jewish History brings together a wide-ranging collection of original essays that, in highlighting several aspects of her pioneering work, offer a fresh look, informed by gender, at modern history.

By studying often overlooked documents and looking at events from a new perspective, these essays offer a fuller picture of the Jewish family, Jewish women’s social and political roles, and the reshaping of religious practice. By bringing to the fore some of the less known figures—men and women—in the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann, Deborah Lipstadt calls attention to Hyman’s “rescuing many people—primarily, but not only, women—from historical oblivion.” Collectively these essays underline the importance of Hyman’s work in providing a clearer and richer understanding of modern Jewish history.

Written by authorities in their fields, these essays are nevertheless accessible and uncover many previously hidden aspects of social, cultural, religious, and political Jewish life since the mid-18th century. For libraries there is also a hardcover edition.

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