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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Waiting for him to appear against it as if he comes from nowhere , as if he were
conceived by us , born and nourished within our minds alone , so that now when
he comes to meet us , it is as if he comes toward us from some place within ...
Not to listen to the sounds of Israeli radio until the last possible moment , until the
station does not come in anymore and the songs and language ... She sits on a
rock , alone , forsaken , but Shabbat comes for her , even in her darkened dress .
They are wearing pants , and one woman comes from the gym in shorts . Two
women come with book bags . Most come with hair still wet : the rush toward the
sabbath . This group looks different than the groups I have known . Many of 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