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Introduction: Reimagining Jewish Mothers

Marjorie Lehman, Jane L. Kanarek, and Simon J. Bronner

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter unravels motherhood from idealized notions of the Jewish family and stereotypes of the Jewish mother and presents a complex, nuanced, and robust perspective on motherhood in the Jewish ... More


Maurice Sendak’s Jewish Mother(s)

Jodi Eichler-Levine

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the power of Jewish writers to use mothers in their work in order to subvert culture. It offers an analysis of bestselling children's author Maurice Sendak's images of Jewish ... More


Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Jane L. Kanarek, Marjorie Lehman, and Simon J Bronner (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The 'Jewish mother' figure is a hallmark of Jewish culture, one which appears in the works of rabbis, artists, poets, and activists across time and place. While depictions of mothers and motherhood ... More


Mothers and Children in Ottoman Jewish Society as Reflected in Hebrew Sources of the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

Ruth Lamdan

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter investigates an array of Ottoman Hebrew sources written following the expulsion from Spain in 1492 and focuses on the interplay between rabbinic sages and mothers in the arena of family ... More


The Jewish Mother as Metonym for Community in Postwar America

Josh Lambert

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter considers the way in which the mother–son relationship depicted in Adele Wiseman's novel Crackpot in 1974 functions as a feminist critique of the Jewish mother in post-war America. It ... More


Motherhood as Motivation: American Jewish Women in Action, 1890–1940

Melissa R. Klapper

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses maternalism as a collective belief in gender difference based on motherhood as the foundation for reform. It argues that maternalism was a crucial ingredient in the activism of ... More


“A Very Delicate Problem”: The Plight of the Southern Agunah

Caroline E. Light

in That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479854530
eISBN:
9781479859542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479854530.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter considers the ways in which Jewish benevolent institutions addressed the plight of the agunah (Hebrew for abandoned woman) and the development of policies for determining whether such ... More


“None of My Own People”: Subsidizing Jewish Motherhood in the Depression-Era South

Caroline E. Light

in That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479854530
eISBN:
9781479859542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479854530.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the case of an Orthodox, widowed immigrant mother of two daughters in Fort Pierce, Florida, at the time a small community with a modest Jewish infrastructure. The subsidized ... More


Mothers and Ma’asim: Maternal Roles in Medieval Hebrew Tales

lisheva Baumgarten

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyses a series of stories from the early-thirteenth-century, northern-French writer Sefer hama'asim, which describe mothering and forms of agency that challenge stereotypical ... More


My Two Mothers

Elżbieta Ficowska

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13: Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774600
eISBN:
9781800340701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter describes the author's two mothers: her Jewish mother, who gave her life, and her Polish mother, who saved that life. Both accomplished something that went beyond ordinary humanity. To ... More


Nene Mesl-e Nān—‘Mother is Like Bread’: The Perception of Motherhood and Folklore Expressions among the Jews of Afghanistan

Tsila Zan-Bar Tsur

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on Afghani motherhood that highlights the powerful role that mothers play within Jewish cultures while conforming to idealized notions of the Jewish mother within the family ... More


Upending the Curse of Eve: A Reframing of Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot

Miriam-Simma Walfish

in Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764661
eISBN:
9781800343443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter confronts a tradition that denies mothers' subjectivity in a core experience surrounding childbirth and breastfeeding and locates an ancient Jewish voice that restores subjectivity. It ... More


Nice Girls Gone Blue: Neoburlesque Nostalgia and the Downwardly Mobile

Hannah Schwadron

in The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190624194
eISBN:
9780190624231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190624194.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter foregrounds a performance ethnography among New York’s Jewish neoburlesque and cabaret spoofs on the Hanukkah circuit from 2011 to 2016. By looking at what the body does to mock and ... More


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