Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

ISBN: 9781299772502

Published: August 14th 2013

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Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism  by  Elizabeth Shanks Alexander

Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism by Elizabeth Shanks Alexander
August 14th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 302 pages | ISBN: 9781299772502 | 10.33 Mb

The rule that exempts women from rituals that need to be performed at specific times (so-called timebound, positive commandments) has served for centuries to stabilize Jewish gender. It has provided a rationale for womens centrality at home andMoreThe rule that exempts women from rituals that need to be performed at specific times (so-called timebound, positive commandments) has served for centuries to stabilize Jewish gender.

It has provided a rationale for womens centrality at home and their absence from the synagogue. Departing from dominant popular and scholarly views, Elizabeth Shanks Alexander argues that the rule was not conceived to structure womens religious lives, but rather became a tool for social engineering only after it underwent shifts in meaning during its transmission. Alexander narrates the rules complicated history, establishing the purposes for which it was initially formulated and the shifts in interpretation that led to its being perceived as a key marker of Jewish gender.

At the end of her study, Alexander points to womens exemption from particular rituals (Shema, tefillin and Torah study), which, she argues, are better places to look for insight into rabbinic gender.



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