August 23, 2017

Topic of the Week: Nashim

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The latest issue of Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues is out and focused on New Historical and Socio-legal Perspectives on Jewish Divorce, and edited by HBI Director Lisa Fishbayn Joffe who wrote the introduction, New Historical Perspectives on Jewish Divorce. The issue includes articles by:

  • HBI 2016 Scholar Geraldine Gudefin, Creating Legal Difference: The Impossible Divorce of Russian Jews in Early Twentieth-Century France
  • Keshet Starr, Scars of the Soul: Get Refusal and Spiritual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Communities
  • HBI 2015 Scholar Susan Weiss, Prenups Mean to Solve the Problem of the Agunah: Toward Compensation, not “Mediation”
  • 2017 Scholar Gail Labovitz, “With Righteousness and With Justice”: To Create Equitable Jewish Divorce, Create Equitable Jewish Marriage.

Others sections include articles by:

  • Marjorie Lehman, Rereading Beruriah through the Lens of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Yentl
  • Judy Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, My Grandmother’s Tkhine: Immigrant Jewish Women’s Lives, Identities and Prayers in Early Twentieth Century America
  • Irene Eber and Joan Hill, Luo Chen (1883-1970), a Jewish Author in China.

Book reviews include:

  • Tova Cohen: A Silenced Harp: The Life and Works of the Italian-Hebrew Poetess Rachel Morpurgo, (Carmel, 2016) reviewed by Tali Berner
  • Aaron Hahn Tapper: Judaisms: A Twenty-First Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities, (University of California Press, 2016) reviewed by Debbie Weissman
  • Farideh Dayanim Goldin: Leaving Iran: Between Migration and Exile, (Athabasca University Press, 2016) reviewed by Renèe Levine Melammed
  • ed. by HBI co-director Sylvia Barack Fishman, Love, Marriage and Jewish Families, (Brandeis University Press, HBI Series on Jewish Women, 2015) reviewed by Paul Shrell-Fox.

Nashim is a publication of The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Indiana University Press.

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