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Can Women Become Jews?

Event: Can Women Become Jews?
Shaye Cohen
Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Harvard University

Classical Jewish texts are famously androcentric: the male is the norm. When these texts talk about Jews, they are talking about men. Women are Jews relationally; women are the mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives of Jews. And so, the question: in terms of classical Jewish culture, can women be or become Jews in their own right? This talk is based on Shaye Cohen's book “Why aren't Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender and Covenant in Judaism.”
Date and time:November 14, 2013
3:15 PM
Location:Area on Campus: University Hall 347
Contact:Paige Bailey Goslin
Phone Number:614-247-7882
Event category:Melton Center for Jewish Studies & Near Eastern Languages And Cultures
Event Type:Lecture

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