God, Sex and Women of the Bible: Discovering Our Sensual, Spiritual Selves

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A leader in the Jewish renewal movement reinterprets the stories of eight biblical women, including Eve, Leah, and Naomi, and in the process tries to help modern women of faith understand how meaningful and complete their God-based lives can be. 25,000 first printing.

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Combining personal anecdotes with stories from women in her workshops, Labowitz, a rabbi at Temple Adath-Or in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., engages in a series of provocative reinterpretations of biblical stories about women. Labowitz selects eight women?Leah, Rachel, Eve, Jochebed, Deborah, Miriam, the prophet's widow and Naomi?from the Bible whose lives represent the stages of a woman's life and sexuality. As Labowitz retells each of these women's stories, she weaves into her account passages from Jewish mystical texts?the Kabbalah and Zohar?and stories from goddess myths that parallel the lives of these biblical women. In addition, Labowitz relies on her deep understanding of Hebrew to raise questions about inconsistencies in traditional translations that, she says, have hidden the power of women's lives. For example, she argues that the word Marah, the Hebrew form of Miriam, can mean either "bitter" or "to fly or soar," and that the traditional translations present Miriam as an embittered woman. Labowitz also encourages women to love God with their bodies just as they love God with their souls and minds. In her reading of the story of Leah, Labowitz introduces a young woman whose "sexual exploration was an integral part of her connection with the Divine power in the universe." Labowitz contends that Leah's trading herbs with her sister, Rachel, for a night in bed with Rachel's husband, Jacob, was Leah's recognition that, through Jacob, she could connect to the divine. Later chapters demonstrate ways that menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause offer powerful moments in which women can sensually and spiritually connect with God. Labowitz's penetrating readings provide fresh insights into oft-told biblical tales.
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Rabbi Labowitz (Miraculous Living; LJ 10/1/96) draws on her personal interpretations as well as kabbalistic and midrashic lore to make the lives of eight biblical women significant for women today. Eve, Leah, and her sister Rachel, Jochebed and her daughter Miriam, Deborah, and Naomi and Ruth were all extraordinary women in their own right. Unabashed about extrapolating insights from these biblical examples to illuminate such aspects of female sexuality as masturbation, menstruation, and menopause, Labowitz is as comfortable with the visceral as she is with the metaphysical, suggesting that women learn to love God with their bodies as well as their souls. Recommended for readers who want a fresh look at the key women in the Old Testament.
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