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Conversion to Judaism  

Alan F. Segal

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter traces conversion processes within the history of Judaism. Even in early periods of Jewish history, the resident alien (ger) was allowed to become a member of the Jewish ... More

Diaspora and Rabbinic Judaism  

Catherine Hezser

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses how the study of the history, literature, and religious beliefs and practices of ancient Jews in the Land of Israel and the Diaspora provides the proper background ... More

Feminist Criticism and Related Aspects  

Marie-Theres Wacker

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
Christian feminist exegesis has other procedures and thematic concerns compared with a Jewish feminist engagement with the Bible; and criticism of society, politics, and the economy is not ... More

Feminist Jewish Ethical Theories  

Judith Plaskow

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter highlights some key contexts in which feminist ethical discourses emerge, and important methods that Jewish feminists employ in order to address gender and other inequalities, ... More

First Nation, Empire, and Globalization  

Andrea Smith

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
In his analysis of postmodern theology, which details the imbrication of theology in discourses of power, Gavin Hyman casually evokes the term “Indian territory” to connote the space from ... More

Jewish Sexual Ethics  

Danya Ruttenberg

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses a few major concepts in Jewish sexual ethics. These include extramarital sex and marriage, consent and pleasure in contrast to the duty of both partners to satisfy ... More

Jewish Women's Studies  

Tal Ilan

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Women's studies, as a discipline within Jewish studies, is relatively new. It appeared in the 1970s, in the wake of a similar development within other fields of academia particularly in ... More

Judaism  

Ronit Irshai

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Nov 2014
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May 2015
This article examines the hitherto unquestioned consensus in Judaic studies that Judaism embraces a positive attitude towards sexuality. Grounded in the new scholarly trends of cultural ... More

Marriage and Sexual Relations in the World of the Hebrew Bible  

Ken Stone

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
The Hebrew Bible is sometimes understood as the source of a ‘traditional’ Judaeo-Christian approach to marriage and sexual practice. A comprehensive examination reveals, however, that ... More

Same-Sex Relations in the Biblical World  

Theodore W. Jennings Jr.

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
While the Bible is often understood to forbid same-sex love, a closer examination reveals a wide variety of forms of same-sex love that are presupposed and even celebrated in these texts. ... More

Settlement and State in Eretz Israel  

S. Ilan Troen

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
While Zionist ideology has long been part of the rubric of Jewish history, the study of its realization through the social, cultural, and political history of the Yishuv and Israel has ... More

Women  

Lenore J. Weitzman

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article focuses on the experiences of Jewish women during the Holocaust and compares their predicaments with those of Jewish men. It highlights three topics: the initial responses of ... More

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