Women’s Rights and Religion: Jewish Style
Explorations in Women, Rights, and Religions - Morny Joy
Norma Baumel Joseph [+]
Concordia University, Montreal
Norma Baumel Joseph teaches in the Department of Religions and Cultures of Concordia University, Montreal, where her teaching and research areas include women and Judaism, Jewish law and ethics, and women and religion. She is an Associate of the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. Norma was also the founding co-director and currently associate director of the Azrieli Institute for Israel Studies. Two of her recent publications are: “T’beet: Situating Iraqi Jewish Identity through Food.” In Everyday Sacred: Religious Lives and Landscapes in Quebec. Ed. Hillary Kael (2007), and “Food, Gift, Women Gift-Givers: A Taste of Jewishness.” In Women, Religion and the Gift: An Abundance of Riches. Ed. Morny Joy (2017).
Feminist critical approaches to religions have often been marked by a Western hegemony, discrediting traditionalists with sweeping claims of women’s oppression and suppression. But much is lost in this universalist and absolutist position. Current approaches embracing diversity and cultural particularities, open a door to considering auspicious heritage patterns. In this frame of references, rights may not be the language appropriate for a universal application or for a constructive critique.