Women’s Mitzvot: The Role and Position of Women in the Light of the Jewish Religious Law Cover Image

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Women’s Mitzvot: The Role and Position of Women in the Light of the Jewish Religious Law

Author(s): Szoszana Keller
Subject(s): Jewish studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: Jewish law; women; Jewish women; mitzvot; Judaism; orthodoxy

Summary/Abstract: It is not possible to understand the history and present day of Jewish women without placing them in the Jewish tradition, resulting mainly from religion which for centuries was the foundation of Jewish life, regulating its finest aspects. The article describes how the regulations of the religious Jewish law, halakha, determine the place of Jewish women in traditional society, and how the resulting adjustments relate to Jews according to gender. The analysis covers three so-called special women’s mitzvot, i.e. the lighting of the Sabbath lights, the separation of the challah, and the observance of the laws related to the family purity, as well as the resulting positioning of women within a clear apportionment into female−male, public−domestic, or culture−nature.

  • Issue Year: 24/2021
  • Issue No: 47
  • Page Range: 17-39
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish