The topic of battered women in the Jewish tradition has just begun to be properly explored. The purpose of this book is to present the attitudes on wifebeating that can be found in Jewish texts. As Naomi Graetz shows, rabbinic responses to wifebeating in the Jewish community are not monolithic.
Naomi Graetz, born in 1943 in New York City, is a Jewish feminist who is grounded both in Jewish tradition and feminist thought. She teaches critical reading skills to students at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and lectures widely on Women and Judaism. She is the author of S/He Created Them: Feminist Retellings of Biblical Stories, and her scholarly articles on women in the Bible and Midrash have appeared in numerous journals and edited books. Graetz is a volunteer lecturer for The Women's Support Center of the Negev, which operates a shelter for battered women in Beersheba, and runs a Rosh Hodesh Group for the women of Congregation Magen Avraham, of which she is a member