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Tradition in a Rootless World

Tradition in a Rootless World Author Lynn Davidman
ISBN-10 0520911571
Release 1991-07-29
Pages 268
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The past two decades in the United States have seen an immense liberalization and expansion of women's roles in society. Recently, however, some women have turned away from the myriad, complex choices presented by modern life and chosen instead a Jewish orthodox tradition that sets strict and rigid guidelines for women to follow. Lynn Davidman followed the conversion to Orthodoxy of a group of young, secular Jewish women to gain insight into their motives. Living first with a Hasidic community in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then joining an Orthodox synagogue on the upper west side of Manhattan, Davidman pieced together a picture of disparate lives and personal dilemmas. As a participant observer in their religious resocialization and in interviews and conversations with over one hundred women, Davidman also sought a new perspective on the religious institutions that reach out to these women and usher them into the community of Orthodox Judaism. Through vivid and detailed personal portraits, Tradition in a Rootless World explores women's place not only in religious institutions but in contemporary society as a whole. It is a perceptive contribution that unites the study of religion, sociology, and women's studies.



Tradition in a Rootless World

Tradition in a Rootless World Author Lynn Davidman
ISBN-10 9780520075450
Release 1991
Pages 254
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"[Davidman's] rich ethnographic observations and lucid prose illuminate two of the more important aspects of modern religion generally: the changing role of women and the resurgence of traditional faith."—Robert Wuthnow, author of Meaning and Moral Order



Becoming Frum

Becoming Frum Author Sarah Bunin Benor
ISBN-10 9780813553917
Release 2012-11-15
Pages 288
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When non-Orthodox Jews become frum (religious), they encounter much more than dietary laws and Sabbath prohibitions. They find themselves in the midst of a whole new culture, involving matchmakers, homemade gefilte fish, and Yiddish-influenced grammar. Becoming Frum explains how these newcomers learn Orthodox language and culture through their interactions with community veterans and other newcomers. Some take on as much as they can as quickly as they can, going beyond the norms of those raised in the community. Others maintain aspects of their pre-Orthodox selves, yielding unique combinations, like Matisyahu’s reggae music or Hebrew words and sing-song intonation used with American slang, as in “mamish (really) keepin’ it real.” Sarah Bunin Benor brings insight into the phenomenon of adopting a new identity based on ethnographic and sociolinguistic research among men and women in an American Orthodox community. Her analysis is applicable to other situations of adult language socialization, such as students learning medical jargon or Canadians moving to Australia. Becoming Frum offers a scholarly and accessible look at the linguistic and cultural process of “becoming.”



Rachel s Daughters

Rachel s Daughters Author Debra R. Kaufman
ISBN-10 0813516382
Release 1991
Pages 243
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"An engrossing account of the appeal of religious orthodoxy to formerly secular women, many of them once feminist, radical members of the counterculture. . . . This outstanding work of scholarship reads with the immediacy of a novel."ÐÐCynthia Fuchs Epstein, author of Deceptive Distinctions: Sex, Gender, and the Social Order Debra Kaufman writes about ba'alot teshuva women who have returned to Orthodox Judaism, a form of Judaism often assumed to be oppressive to women. She addresses many of the most challenging issues of family, feminism, and gender. Why, she asks, have these women chosen an Orthodox lifestyle? What attracts young, relatively affluent, well-educated, and highly assimilated women to the most traditional, right-wing, patriarchal, and fundamentalist branch of Judaism? The answers she discovers lead her beyond an analysis of religious renewal to those issues all women and men confront in public and private life. Kaufman interviewed and observed 150 ba'alot teshuva. She uses their own stories, in their own words, to show us how they make sense of the choices they have made. Lamenting their past pursuit of individual freedom over social responsibility, they speak of searching for shared meaning and order, and finding it in orthodoxy. The laws and customs of Orthodox Judaism have been formulated by men, and it is men who enforce those laws and control the Orthodox community. The leadership is dominated by men. But the women do not experience theologically-imposed subordination as we might expect. Although most ba'alot teshuva reject feminism or what they perceive as feminism, they maintain a gender consciousness that incorporates aspects of feminist ideology, and often use feminist rhetoric to explain their lives. Kaufman does not idealize the ba'alot teshuva world. Their culture does not accommodate the non-Orthodox, the homosexual, the unmarried, the divorced. Nor do the women have the mechanisms or political power to reject what is still oppressive to them. They must live within the authority of a rabbinic tradition and social structure set by males. Like other religious right women, their choices reinforce authoritarian trends current in today's society. Rachel's Daughters provides a fascinating picture of how newly orthodox women perceive their role in society as more liberating than oppressive.



Becoming Un Orthodox

Becoming Un Orthodox Author Lynn Davidman
ISBN-10 9780199380503
Release 2014-04-10
Pages 253
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Leaving a religion is not merely a matter of losing or rejecting faith. For many, it involves dramatic changes of everyday routines and personal habits. Davidman bases her analysis on in-depth conversations with forty ex-Hasidic individuals. From these conversations emerge accounts of the great fear, angst, and sense of danger that come of leaving a highly bounded enclave community. Many of those interviewed spoke of feeling marginal in their own communities; of strain in their homes due to death, divorce, or their parents' profound religious differences; experienced sexual, physical, or verbal abuse; or expressed an acute awareness of gender inequality, the dissimilar lives of their secular relatives, and forbidden television shows, movies, websites, and books. Becoming Un-Orthodox draws much-needed attention to the vital role of the body and bodily behavior in religious practices. It is through physical rituals and routines that the members of a religion, particularly a highly conservative one, constantly create, perform, and reinforce the culture of the religion. Because of the many observances and daily rituals required by their faith, Hasidic defectors are an exemplary case study for exploring the centrality of the body in shaping, maintaining, and shedding religions. This book provides both a moving narrative of the struggles of Hasidic defectors and a compelling call for greater collective understanding of the complex significance of the body in society.



Beyond Anne Frank

Beyond Anne Frank Author Diane L. Wolf
ISBN-10 9780520226173
Release 2007
Pages 391
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Draws on interviews with Jewish men and women who were hidden as children during the Nazi occupation of Holland to explore how their experiences differed from those of Anne Frank.



American Evangelicalism

American Evangelicalism Author Christian Smith
ISBN-10 9780226229225
Release 2014-12-10
Pages 324
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Evangelicalism is one of the strongest religious traditions in America today; 20 million Americans identify themselves with the evangelical movement. Given the modern pluralistic world we live in, why is evangelicalism so popular? Based on a national telephone survey and more than three hundred personal interviews with evangelicals and other churchgoing Protestants, this study provides a detailed analysis of the commitments, beliefs, concerns, and practices of this thriving group. Examining how evangelicals interact with and attempt to influence secular society, this book argues that traditional, orthodox evangelicalism endures not despite, but precisely because of, the challenges and structures of our modern pluralistic environment. This work also looks beyond evangelicalism to explore more broadly the problems of traditional religious belief and practice in the modern world. With its impressive empirical evidence, innovative theory, and substantive conclusions, American Evangelicalism will provoke lively debate over the state of religious practice in contemporary America.



Around Sarah s Table

Around Sarah s Table Author Ruth Zakutinsky
ISBN-10 0684872749
Release 2001-10-23
Pages 239
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An insider's view of Hasidic Judaism visits with a group of ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn women who gather each Tuesday to discuss the weekly Torah readings, offering an illuminating look at the ways in which each woman's life is infused with and shaped by her religious faith. 20,000 first printing.



Motherloss

Motherloss Author Lynn Davidman
ISBN-10 0520232003
Release 2002-01-01
Pages 293
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Based on interviews with sixty diverse adults, a ground-breaking exploration of the long-term effects of losing a mother offers revealing insights into our society's idea about women's roles, discussing how people find ways to cope and continue after their loss.



Sense of the Faithful

Sense of the Faithful Author Jerome P. Baggett
ISBN-10 9780195326956
Release 2009
Pages 285
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For this work, Jerome Baggett conducted 300 intensive interviews with members of six parishes to explore all aspects about whether American Catholics are really so nonchalant about how they integrate the ancient devotional practices of Catholicism with the everyday struggles of the modern world.



Using Narrative in Research

Using Narrative in Research Author Christine Bold
ISBN-10 9781446254264
Release 2011-10-03
Pages 200
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Using Narrative in Research by Christine Bold provides an accessible, easy-to-understand guide to the theory and practice of the use of narrative in research. Written with those new to narrative in mind, this book will enable readers to understand the origins of narrative traditions and to plan and carry out a narrative study of their own. Christine Bold's book examines narrative approaches across a range of research contexts and disciplinary boundaries and will be of equal value to practitioners and academic students and researchers alike. Drawing on a range of real-life examples of narrative studies, Using Narrative in Research will enable readers to provide a sound justification for adopting a narrative-based approach and will help them to write about and write up narrative in research. This book examines: • How we design research projects with a narrative approach • Ethics • Narrative thinking • Collecting narrative data • Analysing narrative data • Representation in narrative analysis • Reporting and writing up narrative research.



Uncovered

Uncovered Author Leah Lax
ISBN-10 9781631529962
Release 2015-08-28
Pages 256
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Writers' League of Texas Discovery Award Wordwrite Award Finalist: Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize, May Sarton Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, Chautauqua Prize a Redbook Magazine and Good Housekeeping Best of the Year Houston Chronicle #1 Pick Uncovered is the first memoir to tell of a gay woman leaving the Hasidic fold. Told in understated, crystalline prose, Lax begins her story as a young teen leaving her liberal, secular home to become a Hasidic Jew, then plumbs the nuances of her arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and Hasidic motherhood, as her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings shimmer beneath the surface.



Engendering Judaism

Engendering Judaism Author Rachel Adler
ISBN-10 0807036196
Release 1998
Pages 269
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Studies how women's full participation in Judaism will transform Jewish law, prayer, sexuality, and marriage



The Angel and the Beehive

The Angel and the Beehive Author Armand L. Mauss
ISBN-10 0252020715
Release 1994-01-01
Pages 257
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Mauss' book analyzes the last 40 years of Mormon history from a sociological perspective, calling on a wide array of sources in sociology and history to show that Mormons, who had come a long way from their position as "outsiders" in a society dominated by the traditional religions, seem to be adopting more conservative ways and seeking a return to a more sectarian posture.



A Tale of Two Souls

A Tale of Two Souls Author Ilana Danneman
ISBN-10 0986074918
Release 2014-03-24
Pages 210
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What does commitment really mean? What would you do if you found you were married to a man on an extreme religious journey? Stomp? Cry? Laugh? Throw things at him? or Write a blog? Ilana did all the above and gained a very meaningful spiritual journey herself. A book comprised of poetry as well as stories from her Married To a Yid viral blog that will give you an honest peek into the lifestyle of Hasidic and Orthodox Judaism. You will think, laugh and get a raw insight into what it is like to live as an Orthodox Jew and be married to a Hasidic Orthodox Jew. It's a wild and crazy journey whose foundation eventually is based off of honesty, love and commitment.



Hidden Heritage

Hidden Heritage Author Janet Jacobs
ISBN-10 9780520936614
Release 2002-09-16
Pages 207
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This study of contemporary crypto-Jews—descendants of European Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition—traces the group's history of clandestinely conducting their faith and their present-day efforts to reclaim their past. Janet Liebman Jacobs masterfully combines historical and social scientific theory to fashion a brilliant analysis of hidden ancestry and the transformation of religious and ethnic identity.



Capitalism and the Jews

Capitalism and the Jews Author Jerry Z. Muller
ISBN-10 9781400834365
Release 2010-01-04
Pages 280
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The unique historical relationship between capitalism and the Jews is crucial to understanding modern European and Jewish history. But the subject has been addressed less often by mainstream historians than by anti-Semites or apologists. In this book Jerry Muller, a leading historian of capitalism, separates myth from reality to explain why the Jewish experience with capitalism has been so important and complex--and so ambivalent. Drawing on economic, social, political, and intellectual history from medieval Europe through contemporary America and Israel, Capitalism and the Jews examines the ways in which thinking about capitalism and thinking about the Jews have gone hand in hand in European thought, and why anticapitalism and anti-Semitism have frequently been linked. The book explains why Jews have tended to be disproportionately successful in capitalist societies, but also why Jews have numbered among the fiercest anticapitalists and Communists. The book shows how the ancient idea that money was unproductive led from the stigmatization of usury and the Jews to the stigmatization of finance and, ultimately, in Marxism, the stigmatization of capitalism itself. Finally, the book traces how the traditional status of the Jews as a diasporic merchant minority both encouraged their economic success and made them particularly vulnerable to the ethnic nationalism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Providing a fresh look at an important but frequently misunderstood subject, Capitalism and the Jews will interest anyone who wants to understand the Jewish role in the development of capitalism, the role of capitalism in the modern fate of the Jews, or the ways in which the story of capitalism and the Jews has affected the history of Europe and beyond, from the medieval period to our own.