Women as Ritual Experts: The Religious Lives of Elderly Jewish Women in Jerusalem

Paperback | October 1, 1996

bySusan Starr Sered

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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem. Sered visited the women in their homes and accompanied them on trips to holy tombs, local ethnic synagogues, and Judaica classes. Shefinds that, though mainly illiterate and excluded from formal religious practices, the women are experts in rituals aimed at safeguarding the well-being of their extended families. By analyzing their rituals, daily experiences, life-stories, and non-verbal gestures, Sered uncovers the strategiesthese women have used to circumvent the patriarchal institutions of Judaism, and how they have developed their own "little tradition" within and parallel to the "great tradition" of Torah Judaism.

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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem.

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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem. Sered visited the women in their homes and accompanied them on trips to holy tombs, local ethnic synagogues, and Judaica classes. Shefinds that, though mainly illiterate and ex...

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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem.

Susan Starr Sered is at Bar-Ilan University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 5.43 × 8.15 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019511146X

ISBN - 13:9780195111460

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This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem.

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"Sered is exactly the person you would have ordered up to write this book: she's smart, sympathetic, quietly humorous, wise, and quite a good writer....Read this book!"--Congregation Beth Simchat Torah