Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 November 1996

192 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195111460

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Women As Ritual Experts

The Religious Lives of Elderly Jewish Women in Jerusalem

Susan Starr Sered

This ethnography explores the religious beliefs and rituals of a group of elderly Jewish women, originally from Kurdistan and Yemen, who now live in Jerusalem. By analyzing their rituals, daily experiences, life-stories, and non-verbal gestures, Sered uncovers the strategies these women have used to circumvent the patriarchal institutions of Judaism, and how they have developed their own "little tradition" within and parallel to the "great tradition" of Torah Judaism.