Shiksa

The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World

Christine Benvenuto

St. Martin's Press

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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 more 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 more 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.

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Christine Benvenuto

Christine Benvenuto is the author of fiction, essays, and reviews that have appeared in many publications, including The Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tikkun and Moment. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Shiksa
The Gentile Woman in the Jewish World
Christine Benvenuto

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St. Martin's Press
March 2004
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312311469
ISBN10: 031231146X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$23.95

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St. Martin's Press
March 2004
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ISBN: 9781429945639
ISBN10: 142994563X
304 pages
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