9781472533067

Tradition and Equality in Jewish Marriage Beyond the Sanctification of Subordination

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  • ISBN13:

    9781472533067

  • ISBN10:

    1472533062

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-09
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Often when people have become alienated from their religious backgrounds, they access their traditions through lifecycle events such as marriage. At times, modern values such as gender equality may be at odds with some of the traditions; many of which have always been in a state of flux in relationship to changing social, economic and political realities. Traditional Jewish marriage is based on the man acquiring the woman, which has symbolic and actual ramifications. Grounded in the traditional texts yet accessible, this book shows how the marriage is an acquisition and contextualises the gender hierarchy of marriage within the rabbinic exclusion of women from Torah study, the highest cultural practice and women's exemption from positive commandments. Melanie Landau offers two alternative models of partnership that partially or fully bypass the non-reciprocity of traditional Jewish marriage and that have their basis in the ancient rabbinic texts.

Author Biography

Melanie Landau is Lecturer in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, Australia. She has had extensive experience in community education and facilitating personal and group learning and transformation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Laying the Table
2. The Legal Effects of Marriage
3. Rebellious Women and Husband-Owned Sexuality
4. Conditional Marriage
5. DerekhKiddushin (Quasi-Marriage)
Towards Tradition and Equality in Jewish Marriage
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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