Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books
U of Nebraska Press, 2009 M03 1 - 181 páginas
Houses of Study is an eloquent memoir of a Jewish woman?s life and her efforts to reconcile the traditions of her faith with her belief in women?s equality and the pull of modern American living. Ilana M. Blumberg traces her path from a childhood immersed in Hebrew and classical Judaic texts alongside Anglo-American novels and biographies to a womanhood where the two literatures suddenly represent mutually exclusive possibilities for life. Set in ?houses of study,? from a Jewish grammar school and high school to a Jerusalem yeshiva for women to a secular American university, her intimate and poignant memoir asks what happens when the traditional Jewish ideal of learning asserts itself in a woman directed by that same tradition toward a life of modesty, early marriage, and motherhood.
This Bison Books edition is updated with discussion questions.
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And the hope of parents and teachers: that a traditionally educated American
Jewish child would come to see that she could live in both worlds— Jewish and
secular— happily, healthily, without (much) compromise. Yet as I turned sixteen
My parents left in my hands the choice to study in Israel, as they left to me the
selection of university. But granting me this autonomy was not typical for our
community and suggested that my parents were not wholly integrated members
of the ...
I do know that both my mother and father grew up in second-generation
American families whose practice had veered away from the strictures observed
by the previous immigrant generation so that the educations my parents received
at home ...
As proud as the bearers of the "Torah U'Madda" slogan were, as the time
approached for parents who had come of age in the 1960s to send their children
off, not a few wondered if perhaps those ultra-Orthodox Jews who would not
touch the ...
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica de los usuarios - bostonian71 - LibraryThing
A literate and literary memoir of a woman who grew up trying to reconcile the worlds of Orthodox Judaism and secularism and feminism. Blumberg explains very well the balancing act she didn't even know ... Leer comentario completo
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