Lynn Davidman

Lynn Davidman received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She is an associate professor of Judaic studies and Sociology at Brown University. Davidman won a National Book Award for Tradition in a Rootless World. She has published two other books, Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies, coedited with Shelly Tenenbaum, and Feminist Method in Social Research, cowritten with Shulamit Reinharz. Davidman is on the advisory committee of the Center for the Study of American Religion at Princeton University. She is currently working on Motherless Daughters and Sons and is coediting the book series Explorations in Religion.

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Ba'alot Teshuvah: Jewish Women Who Become Orthodox

During the past half century or so, some Jewish women resisted trends toward secularism and feminist ideology and became strictly Orthodox. Despite feminist ideology that views the strict observance of religion as repressive, research since the 1980s has consistently found that the women find fulfillment in the traditional roles of wife and mother, relish the warmth of Orthodox communities, and feel intellectually stimulated by new learning.


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