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Author Fader, Ayala, 1964-

Title Mitzvah girls : bringing up the next generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn / Ayala Fader
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 260 pages) : illustrations
Contents Notes on Yiddish and transcription conventions -- Introduction -- Fitting in -- Defiance -- Making English Jewish -- With it, not modern -- Ticket to Eden -- Becoming Hasidic wives
Summary Mitzvah Girls is the first book about bringing up Hasidic Jewish girls in North America, providing an in-depth look into a closed community. Ayala Fader examines language, gender, and the body from infancy to adulthood, showing how Hasidic girls in Brooklyn become women responsible for rearing the next generation of nonliberal Jewish believers. To uncover how girls learn the practices of Hasidic Judaism, Fader looks beyond the synagogue to everyday talk in the context of homes, classrooms, and city streets. Hasidic women complicate stereotypes of nonliberal religious women by collapsing disti
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-249) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Hasidim -- New York (State) -- New York -- Conduct of life.
Jewish girls -- New York (State) -- New York -- Conduct of life.
Jewish religious education of girls -- New York (State) -- New York.
Jewish women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Conduct of life.
Women in Judaism.
Borough Park (New York, N.Y.) -- Religious life.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008053073
ISBN 1400830990 (electronic bk.)
9781400830992 (electronic bk.)