Jewish Women in History by GenderSince a large part of the title of this article is 'Women in Judaism', I figured it would be nice to have an easy to read compilation of Jewish Women in History by gender and country. After all, as I was raised in the US, I am intimately familiar with the large number of prominent Jewish women.
The first two items on the list include Sylvia Plath, who wrote extensively about her spirituality in The Bell Jar. Author Ruth Patterson wrote a book entitled Jewish Voices, and some people were not happy about this. However, it is interesting to see Plath on the Judaic women in history list.
The second item is Nassim Hezadi, a well known poet. She was also a part of the Ladies of the Bar, and a Holocaust survivor. Patricia Highsmith had a great deal to do with her. The most likely explanation is that she is a writer/political activist.
The third item is the character Miriam from The Bronte sisters. She was known for her modesty and was seen as the first Jewish woman of the eighteenth century. Although she was mostly a writer, she did have a small hand in running the family affairs, and was seen as having a moderating influence on the sisters. One author has labeled her a 'serious, sensible, religious Jewess'.
I should mention that there are numerous other Jewish women in history who are also considered worthy of inclusion on this list. It's very important that these women are mentioned, but they are not all one size fits all. Although none of them live in Israel, their ideas, perspectives, and passions affect Jewish life all over the world. It's hard to ignore their presence.
It is more difficult to define what Judaic women in history means in our society than it is to define what Judaic women mean in Judaic culture. We can note, though, that these are some of the 'real' Jewish women, and that their names are well known. This is of value for several reasons.
First, it affirms that we know what we're talking about when we discuss Judaic women in history, and second, it means that we are cognizant of the world that we live in, and what impact Judaic women have had in it. Judaic culture has a long history. There have been many great women, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who have made a significant contribution to Jewish society.
These are only three items in a list of the most famous Jewish women of Judaic history. The American Jewish Committee and other organizations publish a list of the most influential Jewish women in the USA, which includes writers, rabbis, politicians, educators, and civil rights activists. These Jewish women influenced the world, as well as Jewish communities, as a whole.