So I thought I’d give this book due credit on the blog it inspired me to write. I have already quoted the introduction, which only provides a peek into the insight and pluralism present in the personal essays. Edited by Danya Ruttenberg, the collection explores Jewish feminist awakenings within individual women, ranging from a Jennifer Bleyer who goes from riot grrl to rabbi, Ophira Edut who wonders why so many Jewish girls have eating disorders, and Ruttenberg herself who explores trans theory in relation to the mikveh.
What I love most about this collection is the way in which all of these personal accounts which are starkly different from one another work together to form a comprehensive definition of Jewish feminism that does not exclude anyone. At times, specific movements can exclude groups of people, which goes against the very purpose of creating that very movement. Jewish feminism is not for only Jewish women who happen to be feminists. It is for all the diversity within Judaism that must be recognized and it is for everyone who is not Jewish, but desires to see intersectionality in practice – for everyone who wants to see contradicting values interact to form a movement that has the power to improve communities.