Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books
University of Nebraska Press, 2007 - 177 páginas
To learn was to live, and to learn well was to live well. This was the lesson of both cultures of the Modern Orthodox Jewish world in which Ilana Blumberg was educated, with its commitment to traditional Jewish practice and ideas alongside an appreciation for modern, secular wisdom. But when the paths of Jewish tradition and secular wisdom inevitably diverge, applying this lesson can become extraordinarily tricky, especially for a woman. Blumberg’s memoir of negotiating these two worlds is the story of how a Jewish woman’s life was shaped by a passion for learning; it is also a rare look into the life of Modern Orthodoxy, the twentieth-century movement of Judaism that tries to reconcile modernity with tradition. Blumberg traces her own path from a childhood immersed in Hebrew and classical Judaic texts as well as 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 memoir asks, in an intimate and poignant manner: what happens when the traditional Jewish ideal of learning asserts itself in a body that is female—a body directed by that same tradition toward a life of modesty, early marriage, and motherhood?
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But the beauty that came of it in Eliot ' s prose ! My consolation for real suffering
was the glory of her portraits and histories , the compact brilliance of her phrases
— " for we all of us , grave or light , get our thoughts tangled in metaphors , and ...
Before I could tell anything else , I could tell that she knew Eliot deeply . She told
us that she would reread all the texts for class except The Mill on the Floss
because she thought she might know it by heart ; I did not doubt it . Just as my
In comparing two works , perhaps I could give voice to something that had
mattered deeply to Eliot but that she had found impossible or undesirable to say
explicitly , something that she had said instead between her two works .
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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