Talmid Chachams and Tsedeykeses : Language, Learnedness, and Masculinity Among Orthodox Jews

  title={Talmid Chachams and Tsedeykeses : Language, Learnedness, and Masculinity Among Orthodox Jews},
  author={S. Benor},
  journal={Jewish Social Studies},
  pages={147 - 170}
  • S. Benor
  • Published 2005
  • Jewish Social Studies
hen I asked a group of boys in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish elementary school “What’s the difference between boys’ and girls’ education?” one boy answered: “Boys need to learn how to be . . . the talmid chachams [masters of Jewish texts]; girls should learn how to be tsedeykeses [righteous women].” This nine-year-old’s response expresses an ideology1 common in Orthodox communities: men are expected to be advanced scholars of Jewish law, and women are expected to be righteous. Both men and women… Expand

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