This week on Up Close, we all believe we can find a cultural tradition to explore, and texts to recognize as part of that tradition. But what are the ways that holes can get poked in that tradition, and how can a tradition be recovered or reclaimed?
In the Jewish tradition, key texts have been changed, with items removed, added or altered — and in the cases we know about, it’s largely the ultra-Orthodox determining what stays and what goes. University of Scranton Professor Marc Shapiro reveals it all in Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites its History.
And if there’s any narrative most obviously missing from traditional Jewish texts, it’s the stories of women’s lives. Using short stories to fill in some gaps is American Jewish University Professor Michal Lemberger, in After Abel and Other Stories.
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