Book — 1 online resource (xxv, 206 pages) : illustrations.
Acknowledgments Prologue: Finally Out in the Open
1. Abandoned Wives in Jewish Family Law: An Introduction to the Agune
2. Doubly Exiled in Germany: Abandoned Wives in Glikl Hamel's Memoirs and Solomon Maimon's Autobiography
3. The Victims of Adventure: Abandoned Wives in Abramovitsh's Benjamin the Third and Sholem Aleykhem's Menakhem-Mendl
4. Agunes Disappearing in "A Gallery of Vanished Husbands": Retrieving the Voices of Abandoned Women and Children
5. An Autobiography of Turmoil: Abandoned Mother, Abandoned Daughter Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index.
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This illuminating study explores a central but neglected aspect of modern Jewish history: the problem of abandoned Jewish wives, or agunes ('chained wives') - women who under Jewish law could not obtain a divorce -and of the men who deserted them. Looking at seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Germany and then late nineteenth-century eastern Europe and twentieth-century United States, "Enforced Marginality" explores representations of abandoned wives while tracing the demographic movements of Jews in the West. Bluma Goldstein analyzes a range of texts (in Old Yiddish, German, Yiddish, and English) at the intersection of disciplines (history, literature, sociology, and gender studies) to describe the dynamics of power between men and women within traditional communities and to elucidate the full spectrum of experiences abandoned women faced. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Chapter 1 SOME RECENT APPROACHES TO OLD TESTAMENT LAW;
Chapter 2 THE INDEPENDENCE OF LEGAL DEVELOPMENT;
Chapter 3 THE LEGISLATIVE MODEL AND ITS ALTERNATIVES;
Chapter 4 TORAH AND DHARMA: MORAL ADVICE OF SCRIBES;
Chapter 5 FROM SACRED MORAL TEACHING TO LAW; Issues and Proposals; Bibliography; Index of References; Index of Authors.
Recent discussion of biblical law sees it either as a response to socio-economic factors or as an intellectual tradition. In either case it is viewed as the product of elites that form an international community drawing on a common culture. This book takes that fundamental discussion a step further by proposing that 'law' is an inappropriate term for the biblical codes, and that they represent, rather, the 'moral advice' of scribes working independently of the legal framework and appealing to Yahweh as authority. Only by prolonged exegesis and through the transformation of Judaean religion does this 'advice' take the form of divine law binding on Jews. (source: Nielsen Book Data)