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?
Resultados 1-3 de 9
How conscious we were of eyes always upon us , of judgments that might be
inscribed as we moved . So we walked with straight backs , as if our mothers had
set heavy books on our heads and told us to cross the room , eyes fastened on ...
I learned to shelve by topic , as the Dewey decimal system did ; then I moved to
publisher . I liked the strange mix of sense and nonsense in shelving by publisher
: the stretch of books all the same height and width , you could run your hand ...
This was why my parents had moved us to Chicago : for us to see just how much
there was to learn , to see that just as a secular education broken off at fifth grade
would be hopelessly elementary , so too would a Jewish education cut off ...
Comentarios de la gente - Escribir un comentario
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