Mitzvah Girls

Author: Ayala Fader
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400830992
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Mitzvah Girls is the first book about bringing up Hasidic Jewish girls in North America, providing an in-depth look into a closed community. Ayala Fader examines language, gender, and the body from infancy to adulthood, showing how Hasidic girls in Brooklyn become women responsible for rearing the next generation of nonliberal Jewish believers. To uncover how girls learn the practices of Hasidic Judaism, Fader looks beyond the synagogue to everyday talk in the context of homes, classrooms, and city streets. Hasidic women complicate stereotypes of nonliberal religious women by collapsing distinctions between the religious and the secular. In this innovative book, Fader demonstrates that contemporary Hasidic femininity requires women and girls to engage with the secular world around them, protecting Hasidic men and boys who study the Torah. Even as Hasidic religious observance has become more stringent, Hasidic girls have unexpectedly become more fluent in secular modernity. They are fluent Yiddish speakers but switch to English as they grow older; they are increasingly modest but also fashionable; they read fiction and play games like those of mainstream American children but theirs have Orthodox Jewish messages; and they attend private Hasidic schools that freely adapt from North American public and parochial models. Investigating how Hasidic women and girls conceptualize the religious, the secular, and the modern, Mitzvah Girls offers exciting new insights into cultural production and change in nonliberal religious communities.

Authentisches Judentum oder gef hrlicher Messianismus

Author: Christiane Altmann
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658200812
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Christiane Altmann untersucht erstmals die Debatte um den Lubavitcher rebe, Rabbi Schneerson, den sog. „Messias von Brooklyn“. Anders als die bisherigen Studien schildert die Autorin den Messianismus im Kontext jüdischer Konfliktstrategien und vertritt die These, dass die biblische Erlösungsgestalt auch in der Moderne nicht an Attraktivität eingebüßt hat. Der Messias, als zentraler Glaube des Judentums, birgt nicht nur revolutionäres Potenzial, sondern auch eine innovative Kraft. Christiane Altmann erklärt, wie sich der Messias-Glaube um Schneerson entwickelte, Spannungen provozierte und jene Dynamik entfaltete, die bis heute erfolgreich jüdischer Assimilation und Säkularisierung widerspricht.

She s Mad Real

Author: Oneka LaBennett
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814752470
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Can whites teach African-American literature effectively and legitimately? What is at issue when a man teaches a women's studies course? How effectively can a straight woman educate students about gay and lesbian history? What are the political implications of the study of the colonizers by the colonized? More generally, how does the identity of an educator affect his or her credibility with students and with other educators? In incident after well-publicized incident, these abstract questions have turned up in America's classrooms and in national media, often trivialized as the latest example of PC excess. Going beyond simplistic headlines, Teaching What You're Not broaches these and many other difficult questions. With contributions from scholars in a variety of disciplines, the book examines the ways in which historical, cultural, and personal identities impact on pedagogy and scholarship. Essays cover such topics as the outsider's gaze as it applies to the study of non-white literature; an able-bodied woman's reflections on teaching literature by disabled women; and the challenges of teaching the Western canon at an African American college.

Children and Yiddish Literature From Early Modernity to Post Modernity

Author: Gennady Estraikh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317198794
Format: PDF
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Children have occupied a prominent place in Yiddish literature since early modern times, but children’s literature as a genre has its beginnings in the early 20th century. Its emergence reflected the desire of Jewish intellectuals to introduce modern forms of education, and promote ideological agendas, both in Eastern Europe and in immigrant communities elsewhere. Before the Second World War, a number of publishing houses and periodicals in Europe and the Americas specialized in stories, novels and poems for various age groups. Prominent authors such as Yankev Glatshteyn, Der Nister, Joseph Opatoshu, Leyb Kvitko, made original contributions to the genre, while artists, such as Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Yisakhar Ber Rybak, also took an active part. In the Soviet Union, meanwhile, children’s literature provided an opportunity to escape strong ideological pressure. Yiddish children’s literature is still being produced today, both for secular and strongly Orthodox communities. This volume is a pioneering collective study not only of children’s literature but of the role played by children in literature.

Das j dische Jahrhundert

Author: Yuri Slezkine
Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company
ISBN: 9783525362907
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Mit "Das jüdische Jahrhundert" hat Yuri Slezkine ein Meisterwerk der historischen Essayistik vorgelegt. Er verbindet historische und anthropologische Ansätze, indem er die Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Judentum und Moderne universalisiert. Dabei bezeichnet er den Habitus jüdischer Lebenswelten als "merkurianisch", den der agrarischen Bevölkerung als "apollonisch". Im Zuge der Moderne, so Slezkine, verwandelten sich immer mehr Menschen in Merkurianer, sie werden gleichsam zu "Juden". Von diesen Fragestellungen und Metaphorisierungen der Soziologie um 1900 ausgehend zeigt das Buch die Alternativen auf, die den Juden um diese Zeit offen standen. Dabei rückt das revolutionäre Russland in den Mittelpunkt der Analyse. Die große Leistung Slezkines ist es, in einer sowohl nüchternen als auch ironischen Weise die Präsenz von Juden in den zentralen Bereichen des Sowjetregimes zu erklären. Er verweist auf die Attribute ihrer Modernität, ohne dem antisemitischen Diskurs über Juden und Bolschewismus zu folgen. Sozial-, Mentalitäts- und Literaturgeschichte verbindend gelingt es Slezkine, die paradigmatische jüdische Erfahrung im 20. Jahrhundert provokant und spannend nachzuzeichnen.

Der Gerechte ist das Fundament der Welt

Author: Susanne Galley
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
ISBN: 9783447048248
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Das Buch widmet sich den biographischen Legenden uber chassidische Heilige, den Zaddikim. Es beschreibt aus der Sicht meist phantasievoller Erzahler den Werdegang der Zaddikim von der Geburt bis zum Tode und vergleicht diese Darstellungen mit anderen judischen Legenden. So wird Stuck fur Stuck die Geschichte der judischen Hagiographie rekonstruiert, die in der Farbenpracht der chassidischen Erzahler kulminiert. Gleichzeitig befragt das Buch die judische Legende daraufhin, welche Profile von heiligen Mannern insbesondere im osteuropaischen Chassidismus aufzuweisen sind und in welcher Weise sich in ihnen die Ideale dieses letzten Auslaufers der judischen Mystik (Gershom Scholem) abbilden. Ein anschliessender Vergleich zwischen christlichen und judischen Legenden soll den Blick fur die Besonderheit der judischen Hagiographie scharfen.

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

Author: Didier Fassin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118290585
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A Companion to Moral Anthropology is the first collective consideration of the anthropological dimensions of morals, morality, and ethics. Original essays by international experts explore the various currents, approaches, and issues in this important new discipline, examining topics such as the ethnography of moralities, the study of moral subjectivities, and the exploration of moral economies. Investigates the central legacies of moral anthropology, the formation of moral facts and values, the context of local moralities, and the frontiers between moralities, politics, humanitarianism Features contributions from pioneers in the field of moral anthropology, as well as international experts in related fields such as moral philosophy, moral psychology, evolutionary biology and neuroethics