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By Bluma Goldstein

This illuminating research explores a vital yet missed point of recent Jewish background: the matter of deserted Jewish other halves, or agunes ("chained wives")--women who lower than Jewish legislation couldn't receive a divorce--and of the lads who abandoned them. 17th- and eighteenth-century Germany after which overdue nineteenth-century japanese Europe and twentieth-century usa, Enforced Marginality explores representations of deserted other halves whereas tracing the demographic events of Jews within the West. Bluma Goldstein analyzes more than a few texts (in previous Yiddish, German, Yiddish, and English) on the intersection of disciplines (history, literature, sociology, and gender stories) to explain the dynamics of strength among women and men inside of conventional groups and to explain the whole spectrum of reports deserted girls confronted.

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Given the grave consequences of adulterous marriage, the rabbis were loath to verify a death without great certainty, even though, from the Talmudic period onward, rabbis counseled leniency in efforts to release an agune. One important way in which the early rabbis sought to relieve the plight of an agune whose husband had disappeared was to relax the halakhic rules concerning acceptable witnesses (two Jewish males who were neither slaves nor relatives) for verifying a person’s death. In litigation cases involving agunes, one witness (instead of two), slaves, relatives of the married couple, women, non-Jews, and apostates were permitted to testify.

They appeared before the president and told him everything. ” Rebekah would not allow herself to be turned aside by this, but answered that she not only risked her property but her blood as well. ” Upon this, watchmen and soldiers were sent to the Elbe. But they arrived just in time to see them go on board a ship for Harburg, an hour’s journey from Altona. If they reached Harburg they would be free, for Harburg was under another jurisdiction. But the soldiers arrived in time and took the murderer, together with his wife and box, and brought them before the president, who ordered the box to be opened.

Narrated history there comprises both a factual report of events that had occurred several years earlier and an interpretative formulation of those events that functions exemplarily, corresponding, as already noted, to the traditional understanding of Jewish history as a record of what happened and an interpretation of that. In Glikl’s text the coexistence of historicity and exemplarity may be understood as two alternative modes of consciousness and representation that elicit different, yet not necessarily contradictory, responses.

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