And All Your Children Shall be Learned

And All Your Children Shall be Learned : Women and the Study of the Torah in Jewish Law and History

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For women who think that traditional study is closed to them, or for men who feel that women should not learn Torah, or for any reader seeking to fully understand the value and history of Torah study and education in Judaism, And All Your Children Shall Be Learned will be both eye-opening and interesting, shedding light on a long-neglected topic, the contribution of women to the study of Torah.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 154.4 x 227.6 x 23.1mm | 485.35g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765799634
  • 9780765799630

About Shoshana Pantel Zolty

Shoshana Pantel Zolty, a Toronto educator, has been active in the field of Jewish education in a variety of capacities. She has taught children in mainstream and special education classes and has helped to found a school for children with special needs. She has received a doctorate in education from the University of Toronto and currently lectures to adults and studies Torah herself. She and her husband are the parents of six children.show more

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One picture that often comes to mind when one thinks of Torah study is a group of bearded men clad in long black coats and hats huddled around a table piled high with texts. Women do not appear in this image; if anywhere, they are in the kitchen preparing a meal, keeping the children from disturbing their fathers, or working to support the family so that their husbands can devote their energies to learning. Such is a common view as to "the role of women" in Torah study. In "And All Your Children Shall Be Learned": Women and the Study of Torah in Jewish Law and History, Shoshana Pantel Zolty helps dispel this myth. Through an analysis of halakhic literature, the Mishnah, the Talmud, and other classical texts, as well as Jewish and general world history, Zolty explores the evolution of Jewish education for women. In each period, from biblical times through to the twentieth century, we find exceptional women, usually of rabbinic families, some of whom are cited as authorities in certain areas of Jewish law, and some of whom may have mastered the entire gamut of Torah study. The book traces the development of the legal literature pertaining to the instruction of Torah to women and the various issues surrounding it. It also discusses the twentieth-century initiative of Sarah Schenirer, the founder of the Bais Yaakov Schools, and analyzes the place of the study of Torah by women in Orthodox settings. Throughout the work, ample footnotes and source material document the veracity of the claim that women have been and are permitted to become learned. Zolty sifts through history to accord women their rightful place in the history of Jewish education. Along the way she presents the basicphilosophy of education, the role and status of women in traditional Judaism and the attitudes of scholars with respect to the religious roles of women. For women who think that traditional study is closed to them, or for men who feel that women should not learn Torah, or for any reader seeking to fully understand the value and history of Torah study and education in Judaism, "And All Your Children Shall Be Learned" will be both eye-opening and interesting, shedding light on a long-neglected topic, the contribution of women to the study of Torah.show more