Donne custodi della Parola: Note sullo studio femminile della Torah in epoca contemporanea

  • Maria Teresa Milano Studio Teologico Interdiocesano, Fossano
Keywords: Torah, Mishnah, Israele, Halahkah


In recent years, Israel has experienced an explosion of interest on the part of Modern Orthodox women in intense study of Talmud and Halakich texts, areas of male exclusivity for centuries. Since the institution of the first midrashah in 1976, both the number of women scholars and the quality of education has increased in a remarkable way and the greater erudition of women in both written and oral Torah is now a matter of fact. The debate on women’s right to study Torah originates from Talmud and it has been investigated from late antiquity until today. The texts define the roles of the Jewish women in the past and in the present within the realm of religious studies and raise the question what will be the effects of the women’s study of Torah on daily life and from a juridical perspective.


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Author Biography

Maria Teresa Milano, Studio Teologico Interdiocesano, Fossano

Maria Teresa Milano, Ph.D. in Jewish Studies, is a teacher of Hebrew Language and Literature at the Studio Teologico Interdiocesano, Fossano, educator, author and translator. One of her lines of research focuses on women in Jewish history and society (Regina Jonas. Vita di una rabbina (Berlino 1902-Auschwitz 1944). Cantalupa: Effatà: 2012; La voce è tutto. Mosaico di donne nel mondo ebraico. Cantalupa: Effatà: 2017). Another line of research concerns Jewish music, with a focus on Israeli music and the music of Shoah (Terezín. La fortezza della resistenza non armata. Cantalupa: Effatà: 2017; 1st edition Aosta: Le Chateau: 2012). Last publication (with S. Kaminski), Ebraico. Bologna: EDB: 2018.

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