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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As the night gets later , the Beit Midrash empties . Outside it is night , black , silent
. Outside it is still ; the wind weaves between the trees ; you might hear a baby ' s
cry , distant and diffuse , or a lone truck on the gravel road . Everything is quiet ...
... universities that offer Modern Hebrew as a subject , and he cannot find the rare
position in medieval Arabic philosophy - Grandpa Harry will later find his way
back to the university : Hunter College of CUNY and later still Tel - Aviv University
When I ask Ruth a few days later what she thought of it all , she says , “ Oh , I don
' t buy that . ” She doesn ' t buy it and it disturbs her , yet it is not decisive for her . It
doesn ' t bring her suffering . Can this be solely a matter of temperament ?
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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