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People of the Body: Jews and Judaism from an Embodied Perspective (Suny Series, the Body in Culture, History, and Religion)

By Howard Eilberg-Schwartz

Via moving cognizance from similar to Jews as a textual group to the methods Jews comprehend and deal with their our bodies for instance, to their issues with copy and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth this quantity contributes to a revisioning of what Jews and Judaism are and feature been. The undertaking of re-membering the Jewish physique has either historic and positive motivations. As a positive venture, this ebook describes, renews, and participates within the complicated and ongoing glossy dialogue concerning the nature of Jewish our bodies and where of our bodies in Judaism."

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2. this concept has an affinity with Victor Turner's (1967, 54-55) perception that physiological methods are frequently symbolic of extra summary cultural The challenge of the physique 39 messages simply because they lend these messages an influence that they in a different way don't have. the current argument differs from Turner's in when you consider that energy as deriving, no longer from physiological procedures, yet from contradictions in a cultural formation. three. See additionally Biale (forthcoming) who's trying to right this overly apologetic presentation of Judaism.

Glossy debates approximately anthropomorphism commonly repeat the overdue old polemics or try to build a brand new anthropomorphism-free heritage in line with smooth aesthetics. Texts within the Jewish culture that debate the deity in physically phrases have elicited crisis, entertainment, and scorn from Jews, historical and sleek. Descriptions of the deity's physique seem to threaten the purity of Judaism, its monotheistic stance, possibly its anti-idolatry stance. The insistence through a few to magnify anti-anthropomorphic sentiments in Jewish texts within the face of overt facts on the contrary is better illustrated by way of Joseph Dan's assertion that Shi'ur Komah, a textual content which enumerates God's limbs, is "antianthropomorphic.

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As a punishment ... (Seder tkhines u-uakoshes 1762, no. ninety one) This prayer turns out mainly designed to reconcile the ladies who recited it with either the ache in their menstrual cycles and an interpretation of this pain as a simply punishment. via portraying God's justice as inscrutable, the tkhine does realize, ultimately, that maybe women's state of affairs might sound unjust, yet is going directly to squelch this proposal via having the reciter thank God for her periodic punishment. just one text-significantly, the one who appears the oldest, and which supplies a few indication that it emerged from women's oral tradition-actually dissociates the lady from Eve's sin.

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