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ative tradition came to prevail. These sources need not be used for
apologetics. Certainly there has been enough of that. Rather
they can be used as precedents upon which to peg more positive
rabbinic decisions of today. More important, they represent a
methodology of change, a system and process of halakhic devel­
opment which can serve as a model for a continual movement
towards equalization of the role and status of women in Judaism.
Swidler’s book is eminently readable and the footnotes are
a valuable resource. T he book is a must for anyone seriously
interested in the subject of women and the Jewish tradition.
Selected Bibliography
In this review of recent literature, I have lim ited myself to a se­
lection of books published in the last decade which focuses directly
on women and Judaism . T h ere have been many new books by and
about Jewish women which fall in to o ther categories: biographies,
sociological studies and reissues of o lder works on women in Judaism .
Many are worth men tion ing here.
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The Jewish Woman.
Vol. 3 of
The Jewish Library.
New York: Jewish Library Publishing Co., 1934. Reissued in 1970
by Soncino, London.
A collection of articles on the Jewish woman in the Bible, in
a rt and literature, in Western Europe, in Eastern Europe, and
in various organizations, such as the National Council of Jewish
Women and the Un ion of Orthodox Jewish Congregations. I t
also includes I. Epstein’s “Jewish Women in Responsa L itera­
ture ,” a basic reading on the subject of women in trad ition . Some
of the articles are qu ite app rop ria te for today, some are apolo­
getic, and some provide an interesting contrast to the change in
think ing about women and Judaism du ring the last forty years.
o l t u n
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l iza beth
The Jewish Woman: An Anthology. Response
no. 18, Summer 1973.
Several articles here reappear in Ko ltun’s latest book,
The Jew­
ish Woman: New Perspectives.
Among the subjects treated are the
spiritual quest, Jewish law, life cycle ceremonies, and the Jewish
community. T h ere is also some fiction and some poetry.
Although only books have been reviewed here, one cannot om it
m ention of this magazine.
is the only Jewish feminist mag­
azine published nationally. As of Jun e 1977, 3 issues have been