New Jew­ish Fem­i­nism: Prob­ing the Past, Forg­ing the Future

Elyse Gold­stein, ed.
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By – October 18, 2011
Rab­bi Elyse Gold­stein gives read­ers a trea­sure in her new book, New Jew­ish Fem­i­nism. The thought-pro­vok­ing essays in this vol­ume are divid­ed into sec­tions that deal with top­ics as var­ied as the­ol­o­gy, rit­u­al, the syn­a­gogue, Israel, gen­der, sex­u­al­i­ty, age, lead­er­ship, and social jus­tice. Gold­stein has brought togeth­er many of the best voic­es on these top­ics, includ­ing Judith Plaskow, Jill Ham­mer, Wendy Zier­ler, and Gail Labovitz. The essays are fas­ci­nat­ing, thought­ful, and impor­tant. The authors con­tex­tu­al­ize the his­to­ry of Jew­ish fem­i­nism as well as many of the issues cur­rent­ly alive in the Jew­ish world today. The con­tri­bu­tions add depth and tex­ture to the many ongo­ing con­ver­sa­tions, explo­rations, and strug­gles relat­ed to these top­ics. Just as Gold­stein has done in her oth­er books, in this col­lec­tion she is able to both teach and chal­lenge in ways that open up new ideas and pos­si­bil­i­ties. Glos­sary, sug­ges­tions for fur­ther reading.
Hara E. Per­son was ordained by Hebrew Union Col­lege-Jew­ish Insti­tute of Reli­gion. She is a writer and editor.

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