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Chava Turniansky

Turniansky, Chava: See biographical entry.

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Ze'enah U-Re'enah

The Ze’enah u-Re’enah is a Yiddish compilation of the Torah and Haftarot, among other sources. The oldest surviving version was published in the early seventeenth century, and subsequent editions show the evolution of Yiddish language over the next several centuries. The Ze’enah u-Re’enah came to be used as a fundamental text for women within Ashkenazi communities, where the work was universally popular.

Old Yiddish Language and Literature

Women played a central role in the development and evolution of Old Yiddish literature. Old Yiddish literature was published with women’s literacy in mind, most nominally for women’s religious practice and learning.

Glueckel of Hameln

Born into an affluent family in Hamburg, Glückel of Hameln became the business partner of her beloved first husband. She began writing memoirs in 1691, after her husband’s death. These memoirs are incredibly detailed, combining a meticulous record of her life and descriptions of events that occurred in local Jewish communities. Her memoirs are both a singularly important social and historical document and one of the greatest literary achievements of Ashkenazi prose–in Yiddish or Hebrew–at least until the end of the eighteenth century.

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