Judith Plaskow created a new Jewish feminist theology through her scholarly masterwork, Standing Again at Sinai. Plaskow earned her doctorate from Yale Divinity School, where she joined the Yale Women’s Alliance and co-chaired the newly formed Women and Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion, later serving as AAR’s president. This intersection of feminism and religion was central to Plaskow’s life both inside and outside the academy as a founding member of B’not Esh and the cofounder of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, which she coedited for ten years. In Standing Again at Sinai, the first-ever work of Jewish feminist theology, Plaskow offered context for the ways in which women have been marginalized in Jewish law and tradition, as well as in the modern Jewish community. At the same time, she pointed out ways in which those laws and traditions could be adapted, and offered precedents for times when rabbinic authorities radically reinterpreted Jewish law, as well as showing ways in which a feminist theology could enrich Jewish practice. Plaskow continues to write and teach as professor of religious studies at Manhattan College.
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