Gender and Literacy among Young Orthodox Jewish Women
Publication Date: November 1999
Author(s): Tamar El-Or
Series: Working Paper Series no. 6, November 1999. pp. 199-202
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Feminism; Orthodox Judaism; Education
The author describes the social and sociological setting for her anthropological work on Zionism at the intersection of knowledge, gender, and religion, and summarizes her central claim: The spreading practice of intensive Judaic studies among women in the religious Zionist community is a revolutionary phenomenon that will, within a short time, bring about a most profound transformation in orthodox Judaism. This feminist literacy revolution brings with it theological and halachic (Jewish legal) changes. These changes will not be traumatic because they are taking place gradually and along with a continual institutional metamorphosis. They will make the community both more religious and more feminist.
In Jewish Women 2000: Conference Papers from the HRIJW International Scholarly Exchanges 1997-1998, ed. Helen Epstein.