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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Both my parents had gone to yeshiva day school in the 1950s and then college
and graduate school in the 1960s and 1970s ; both my paternal grandparents
had completed graduate degrees by the end of the first third of the twentieth
religious and secular , asked me why I ' d come to Israel and I explained that I ' d
come to learn in " yeshiva . ” I ' d used the wrong term , they explained . Girls and
young women went to mikhlala ( women ' s college ) , not yeshiva . It was what ...
But they were not in yeshiva . They laughed at the idea . Yeshiva means to sit .
They had stopped sitting long ago . But the fathers , the brothers , and the
husbands of these women knew how to sit . These were the men who greeted my
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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