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Richard I. Cohen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190912628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190912628.001.0001

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Nelly Las, Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives, trans. Ruth Morris. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. 261 pp.

Nelly Las, Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives, trans. Ruth Morris. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. 261 pp.

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Nelly Las, Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives, trans. Ruth Morris. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. 261 pp.
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Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society
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Richard I. Cohen
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190912628.003.0025

This chapter reviews the book Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives (2015), by Nelly Las, translated by Ruth Morris. Originally published in French in 2011, Jewish Voices in Feminism explores the connections and gaps between feminism and Zionism. In particular, it offers a comparative description of Jewish feminism in the United States and France, the two largest Jewish diaspora communities. Las argues that “French feminism, with its solid footing in secularism, does not have anything similar to the English-speaking countries’ new interpretations of Christian theology nor postmodern Biblical exegesis.” She places a great deal of emphasis on Zionism as a component of diaspora Jewish identity, and the ways that Zionism interacts with feminism. Las also identifies the range of attitudes toward Israel and Zionism among non-Jewish and (especially) Jewish feminists.

Keywords:   Feminism, Jewish Voices in Feminism, Nelly Las, Zionism, United States, France, secularism, Jewish identity, Israel, Jewish diaspora

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