This engaging feminist approach to Judaism blends the interpretation of primary Jewish sources with contemporary social change. Bonna Devora Haberman shares her first-hand account of the "Women of the Wall" and a feminist approach to traditional Judaism, while interacting with ancient Jewish texts. In a rich network of sources, seaming together scholarship with activism, Haberman analyzes the sacred, with attention to power and gender. While much religious and national culture focuses on death and sacrifice, Haberman proposes an alternative model for a Jewish theology of liberation: birth-no less universal than death. Life-giving rather than life-taking is the nucleus of this work, reformulating performances of gender in a realm of exaggerated sexual difference. Using her experiences with the "Women of the Wall" movement interwoven in scripture, Haberman contributes toward liberating religious culture from its gender oppressions, and rendering religion a liberating force in society.
Bonna Devora Haberman has taught at Harvard, Brandeis and Hebrew Universities.
Chapter 1: Rhizomes and Plateaus Chapter 2: Genesis: Sacred Circles Chapter 3: Between Text and Action Chapter 4: Lascivious Voices Chapter 5: An Expedition to the Azure Blue Fringes Chapter 6: Customs In and Out of Place Chapter 7: Women Counting Chapter 8: Conceiving Exodus Chapter 9: Blood and Ink of Exodus Chapter 10: Sea Change Conclusion: Beyond the Wall