Can Women Become Jews?

August 28, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 3:15pm
Ohio State Campus, 347 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall
Presented by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies 
 
Shaye Cohen
Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Harvard University
 
Classical Jewish texts are famously androcentric: the male is the norm.  When these texts talk about Jews, they are talking about men. Women are Jews relationally; women are the mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives of Jews. And so, the question: in terms of classical Jewish culture, can women be or become Jews in their own right? This talk is based on Shaye Cohen's book “Why aren't Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender and Covenant in Judaism.”
 
Co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
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