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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Does This Tallit Make Me Look Like a Feminist? Gender, Performance, and Ritual Garments in Contemporary Conservative/Masorti Judaism
by Nudell, Talia R., M.A., University of Oregon, 2016, 77; 10193478
Abstract (Summary)

This paper explores the way contemporary American Conservative Jewish communities express ideas of egalitarianism and feminism through active use of specific ritual garments (tallit and tefillin). It addresses the meanings that these garments currently have on individual, communal, and institutional levels. Additionally, it considers women’s changing roles regarding ritual and participation in these communities. It also considers that in this context, when women take on additional religious obligations they are simultaneously representing feminist and religious issues and actions, and the conversations between these ideas.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Silverman, Carol
Commitee: Wojcik, Daniel
School: University of Oregon
Department: Folklore Program
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Womens studies, Judaic studies
Keywords: Clothing, Ritual, Tallit, Tefillin
Publication Number: 10193478
ISBN: 978-1-369-35959-6
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