Women in Judaism – Part 1. Biblical Women. Eve. As the mythological first woman, her story is powerful and open to different interpretations . Negative aspects: - One account has her created after Adam….and from Adam’s rib.
- One account has her created after Adam….and from Adam’s rib.
- She chose to disobey God and tempted Adam to do the same.
- She thus becomes the cause for mankind’s loss of paradise.
- She is punished with the pain of childbirth and a hard life.
Ruth’s great grandchild becomes King David.
Gluckel of Hamlin (Germany,1600’s)
Grace Aguilar (Spain, 1816-1847)
Wrote 12 novels, including Women of Israel
Henrietta Szold (U.S.,1860-1945)
Fought against poverty and human trafficking in Eastern Europe, started social welfare agencies for homeless and hungry Jews, and schools for girls.
Phyllis Trible tries to give a different interpretation to the Adam & Eve story that is more pro-women.
Rita Gross talks about how much of language about God in Judaism could be more feminine
Judith Plaskow discusses making new Jewish rituals for girls that were original just for boys such as the naming ceremony at a boy’s birth (britmilah). Aviva Cantor does the same thing with the Passover Seder with a Jewish Women Haggadah.