Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 17 September 2021

Educational Options for Jewish Girls in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Educational Options for Jewish Girls in Nineteenth-Century Europe

(p.301) Educational Options for Jewish Girls in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Eliyana R. Adler

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores various aspects of the question of Jewish women’s education in Europe. It contrasts traditional Jewish historiography with regard to male and female education. Notably, girls remained outside the school, their instruction not being considered obligatory according to the Jewish law. At the same time, however, Yiddish and Hebrew literature of the period abounds with images of pious women reading from the taysh-khumesh (Yiddish version of the Pentateuch), female shopkeepers speaking Polish and keeping the accounts, and even occasionally disputing Torah with men. The chapter thus attempts to explain this dichotomy. It shows how women were able to acquire the knowledge and skills that allowed them to fulfil their roles in society.

Keywords:   female education, Jewish girls, educational options, Jewish historiography, schooling, Jewish women

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.