• Title: Shiksa: The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World
  • Author: Christine Benvenuto
  • ISBN: 9780312311469
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shiksa The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World She is feared and desired She is the symbol of a family s failure and a culture s dissolution She is a courageous ally a loyal fellow traveler and a mother struggling for the survival of the same fa
    She is feared and desired She is the symbol of a family s failure and a culture s dissolution She is a courageous ally, a loyal fellow traveler, and a mother struggling for the survival of the same family and culture whose destruction she supposedly seeks.The gentile woman has been all these things and to the Jewish people Her almost mythic status has its roots inShe is feared and desired She is the symbol of a family s failure and a culture s dissolution She is a courageous ally, a loyal fellow traveler, and a mother struggling for the survival of the same family and culture whose destruction she supposedly seeks.The gentile woman has been all these things and to the Jewish people Her almost mythic status has its roots in the dawn of Jewish history and repercussions that extend beyond our own time to shape the Jewish future It also entails baggage than any woman could possibly hope to carry Shiksa The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World, unpacks that baggage Shiksa tells the stories of gentile women and women converts living in the Jewish community today, sharing insights from rabbis, Jewish feminists, educators and therapists The book explores relationships between Jewish and gentile women, particularly Jewish mothers and their gentile daughters in law, as well as those between Jewish men and gentile women And it looks at some of the fascinating Biblical figures whose stories startle with their relevance to today s most intimate issues of Jewish identity At a time when the Jewish community is rife with concern over intermarriage, Shiksa offers a fearless examination of the gentile and converted women residing within its gates, occupying embattled yet permanent places as partners, daughters, sisters, mothers, friends.

    One Reply to “Shiksa: The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World”

    1. Let me start this review by saying that I was in love-- first, desperate love-- with a Jewish boy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This was days of the big last stand against Intermarriage, the heyday of Rabbis claiming intermarriage was worse than the Holocaust in the New York Times. I loved my Jewish not-in-laws, and they loved me but there was still the stigma of intermarriage. And the cultural impact of that stigma was huger because of the idea of matrilineal descent. Even if I was willing [...]

    2. If they were available, I'd give this negative stars. The "shiksa" is portrayed as someone who longs to be Jewish but just doesn't quite fit in with all those well, not quite so attractive outside or in, genetic Jewish women. Pleeeeease. Dream on, Benvenuto. The author displays her shallowness and baseless narcissism for all the world in this graceless piece of work.

    3. I picked up this book because the author is relatively local and had recently been in the paper for a new book she has written (Sex Changes) (Haven't read that one yet.) I hadn't necessarily had non-Jewish wives and Jewish husbands on my mind.There was a lot to think about here. I have definitely heard, many times, that someone who converts to Judaism and joins our congregation should be thought of as a Jew and a full member of the community -- and it seems that it should almost be never spoken [...]

    4. The pejorative and sensational title undermines the worth of the book's content. Interesting and of value to anyone wanting to learn more about the under-studied contributions of women, and non-Jewish women, to the evolution of Judaism. The book alternates stories of contemporary women with Biblical and historic women to provide multiple perspectives. I appreciated the clear feminist voice.

    5. Read this book if you're considering converting to Judaism. Very honest and insightful stories.

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