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Are You now not a guy of God? demanding situations the permitted readings of numerous iconic aiding characters from canonical tales of Jewish culture. those characters were appropriated all through historical past to symbolize and strengthen significant cultural values: the binding of Isaac and the non secular worth of sacrificing courting for a better function; the biblical Hannah, appropriated by way 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 via its tag-line, "It isn't in heaven!" Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz utilize non secular, mental, philosophical and literary views to deliver those characters to lifestyles of their a number of incarnations, studying their cultural effect and sundry symbolic uses.
These are texts which were studied broadly with characters which are identified good. This learn indicates, even though, that the dominant interpretations masks darker, extra insightful, and eventually extra serious dimensions of those very important figures. Hartman and Buckholtz become aware of muted voices of non-public betrayal and feedback that resonate as damning social reviews of the rabbis themselves. those reviews frequently spotlight the ways that cultural experts use, and abuse, their strength; revealing the results of those ethical failings on their legitimacy as communal leaders. In those voices of social feedback, the rabbis evince an knowledge in their personal vulnerability to such abuses and failings in addition to their hurtful, marginalizing results on participants of much less strong social groups.

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