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By Tova Hartman,Charlie Buckholtz

Are You now not a guy of God? demanding situations the approved readings of a number of iconic assisting characters from canonical tales of Jewish culture. those characters were appropriated all through historical past to symbolize and make stronger crucial cultural values: the binding of Isaac and the non secular worth of sacrificing dating for a better goal; the biblical Hannah, appropriated by means of the rabbis as an archetype of the spirit and perform of prayer; the Talmudic Beruriah and the importance of women's studying and data; and the fight for highbrow autonomy of the rabbis of the Talmudic tale recognized by means of its tag-line, "It isn't in heaven!" Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz utilize spiritual, mental, philosophical and literary views to convey those characters to lifestyles of their a number of incarnations, reading their cultural impression and sundry symbolic uses.
These are texts which have been studied extensively with characters which are recognized good. This learn indicates, notwithstanding, that the dominant interpretations masks darker, extra insightful, and eventually extra severe dimensions of those vital figures. Hartman and Buckholtz realize muted voices of non-public betrayal and feedback that resonate as damning social evaluations of the rabbis themselves. those evaluations frequently spotlight the ways that cultural specialists use, and abuse, their energy; revealing the consequences of those ethical failings on their legitimacy as communal leaders. In those voices of social feedback, the rabbis evince an information in their personal vulnerability to such abuses and failings in addition to their hurtful, marginalizing results on contributors of much less strong social groups.

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