women

Dvar Torah

My "boomer" generation addressed many social issues. And we also left new issues for the next generation to solve.

Source Sheet

This source sheet explores Biblical texts relating to women and asks discussion questions aimed at extrapolating the underlying view on women that can be found in the yext.
Women tend to be degraded in society, and put down because of the stereotypical image of the woman staying home while the man is acquiring a living. These following texts share different perspectives on the previous statement.

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The complex interplay of gender, social class, and religio-ethnic culture shaped the ways in which Jewish women participated in the economic, cultural, religious, and political life of the immigrant Jewish community and American society. Even as Jewish women shared a common heritage, living space, some institutions, values, and aspirations with their husbands and brothers, they also created a female culture and constructed a community different from the organized community of Jewish men.

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A good man who can find him
he is worth far more than rubies
never lacks for gain
he shares the household duties
and sets a goodly example
he seeks a satisfying job
and braces his arms for work
he opens his mouth with wisdom
he speaks with love and kindness
his justice brings him praises
he raises the poor, lowers the haughty.

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First of all, I thought that Wednesdays was a very brave, innovative moral thrust into the human neglect and abuse of civil rights violations. It was the most innovative and total participatory attack on civil rights abuses from a community approach that had so differed from the politician’s approach.

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The original purpose [of Wednesdays in Mississippi], as I understood it, was to give a sense of legitimacy to these college kids, to our kids, not mine, but it was a pretty close neighborhood. Those were our kids.

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Well, Polly [Cowan] knew of the work we were doing with some of the Head Start people down in Mississippi…She wrote a little note back to me, and she said – because by this time things were heating up in Mississippi. Bob Moses had decided that though he was a successful teacher, he would go down there and organize Freedom Schools.

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…This working for our religion can be the only reason for our existence. In every corner of the earth you will find the Jew a patriot in the best sense of the word. The Jew knows no sectarianism in communal work. In matters philanthropic and educational we shall always join our Christian sisters, for this we need no organization; it is for a better knowledge of our history, our religion, and ourselves as Jews that this Council was called into life.

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