Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 95–104 | Cite as

Problems in the study of Jewish women’s folk culture

  • Maurie Sacks


As long as Jewish intelligentsia persist in upholding the liberal paradigm, folklorists and anthropologists will not be interested in going back to the kitchen which we have ourselves just escaped, to seek out sources of female “empowerment.” We will be bewildered by our sisters who asbalot tishuva have voluntarily sought entrance into traditional Jewish communities, defined by liberal ideology as limiting to female self-fulfillment. We will look askance at the discovery by Barbara Myerhoff (1985) and Liz Harris (1985) that women in Hassidic Jewish communities are valued and have high self-esteem. We will not be free ourselves to attribute value to femininity, and to investigate scientifically or humanistically the rich traditions, so far little dignified by print, that are created, guarded, and empowered by Jewish women.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurie Sacks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMontclair State CollegeUSA

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