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Author: Vanessa L. Ochs
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Title: Words on Fire: One Woman's Journey into the Sacred
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Publisher: Harcourt (January 1, 1992)
Pages: 340

Words on Fire: One Woman's Journey into the Sacred by Vanessa L. Ochs



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Oy. Every memoir I've read about a woman's journey into the Jewish religious world completely ignores the complexity of participating in a culture that still holds by the social structure and code of ethics that were established 4000 years ago. This book is no exception. Aug 21, 2010 Michelle Jones rated it really liked it. Shelves: judaism. I really enjoyed this book

When Vanessa Ochs begins to suspect her various physical ailments are due to her leading an "unsanctified life," she decides to travel to Jerusalem with her family to explore the sacred books of Judaism. Armed with a list of institutions and the names of women who specialize in teaching these sacred texts, Ochs sets out on a journey of discovery. She forges a personal relationship with her mentors, women who are determined to disprove the claim of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus: "The words of the Torah should be burnt rather than taught to women.

One woman's journey into Torah study as vehicle for touring the world of modern Torah study in the late 20th Century. Vanessa Ochs tells of her quest to discover on a very personal level if women have a place in Torah study. Nearly 20 years later, many of these issues seem dated. But Ochs' story is so intimate and so well told that I doubt one can read this book without coming away with a burning desire to study Torah for one's self. On another level this book is a treat simple for the people Ochs encounters in her journey

by Ochs, Vanessa L. Publication date 1990. Topics Ochs, Vanessa L, Jews, Jewish women. Publisher San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on March 9, 2016.

When Vanessa Ochs begins to suspect her various physical ailments are due to her leading an unsanctified life, she decides to travel to Jerusalem with her family to explore the sacred books of Judaism. She forges a personal relationship with her mentors, women who are determined to disprove the claim of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus: The words of the Torah should be burnt rather than taught to women

Vanessa L. Ochs is the author of Inventing Jewish Ritual (JPS), winner of a 2007 National Jewish Book Award. For her writing, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

A Jew's understanding of the nature of God," Ochs writes, "of how to fulfill God's will, of how to behave and worship, of the past and future history of the universe are all contained in the Torah

VANESSA L. OCHS is in the Department of Religious Studies of the University of Virginia and author of Words On Fire: One Woman's Journey into the Sacred (Boulder, Colo. Westview Press, 1999). An elderly Jewish informant in Barbara Myerhoff's book, Number Our Days, tells a story which he attributes to Martin Buber to prove to his community that a ceremony whose authenticity some doubted was indeed the real thing.

Discover Vanessa L Ochs famous and rare quotes. Vanessa L. Ochs (1992). Words on Fire: One Woman's Journey Into the Sacred, Harvest Books. To make your spiritual yearning public, I thought, was to announce that you were wounded. To turn deeply into religion was to admit that your own resources were so weak you had to resort to magic and miracle cures for healing. To acquire faith was to mobilize the powers of an overly active imagination. Spiritual, Women, Healing.

While in Jerusalem, the author sets out to learn more about her religion through women who specialize in teaching the Sacred Texts, and tries to balance her life between her feminist views of woman's role and the "sexist" views of traditional Judaism
Reviews: 4
White gold
I used to know Vanessa Ochs. Last time I saw her was over 30 years ago. Before we moved far away. Before she wrote the book. She doesn’t name me, but I’m the “observant Christian friend” (in the book) who recommends she visit a Benedictine Monastery. (Our family also visited a strict Orthodox community with she and her husband and some of his students.). Wonderful when friends can exchange such experiences!

I’ve always been interested in different religions. That and the glowing review of this book I read in The NY Times book review, probably on a Sunday, made me buy the book immediately. In addition to reading it several times, I’ve loaned it out. Finally, it never came back. I could buy another. Wish I could download on my Kindle. But I’ve read it at least 3 times - in the past.

Having known Vanessa and Peter (her wonderful husband) and her two young daughters, so long ago, I am perhaps prejudiced when I say this is a fabulous book. But I’m very picky. And if you look at my trail of Amazon book reviews you will see that. I’m a retired Ph.D. clinical psychologist and I write honestly about what I read. (Vanessa would tell you to trust me. She did!)

This is a wonderful book! One woman’s journey to try and understand why people study Torah. How that study can set your neurons tingling - “Words on Fire!” But also one intellectual woman’s journey to try and bridge the divides which Judaism sets up between the sexes. During a semester (a year?) in Israel (A Sabatical for her spouse a famous scholar - I’ve bought a couple of books simply because he had a hand in them too).

I have nothing but good things to say about this book. And the fact if my loaning it out - even to a couple of observant Jews! And the fact of it never finding its way back to me, suggests no one else had anything but a wonderful experience reading it. And loaned it on. Also... the three times I myself read it!

Vanessa started out studying acting. (Yes!) I went to a very meaningful workshop she did (when our husbands were both teaching at Colgate). Before I got my Ph.D. Maybe that workshop had a hand in my deciding that. Or influenced her?

The book is worthwhile for anyone of any religion or who has an interest in religions. Or has an interest in how women can at times struggle to find a path within a religion - where they can be themselves, find ways to comprehend or transcend the role of religion (and gender) in their lives. Vanessa has done that - eventually finding a need to acquire a Ph.D. related to her concerns.

So, Vanessa, if you ever read this, I have never forgotten you! Or Peter. Blessings upon you. And upon your readers!
Xcorn
One woman's journey into Torah study as vehicle for touring the world of modern Torah study in the late 20th Century. Vanessa Ochs tells of her quest to discover on a very personal level if women have a place in Torah study. Nearly 20 years later, many of these issues seem dated. But Ochs' story is so intimate and so well told that I doubt one can read this book without coming away with a burning desire to study Torah for one's self. On another level this book is a treat simple for the people Ochs encounters in her journey. The book is worth reading for her portrait of Aviva Zornberg alone. Also featured are: Pardes Institute, Nehama Leibowitz, Matan, Malke Bina, Batya Miller, Chana Safrai, Judith Lieberman Institute. This book is a gem!
bass
A very well written and enjoyable account of a woman's experience trying to learn Torah in Jerusalem. The author portrays other women's attitudes towards Torah learning (which has traditionally been reserved for men throughout Jewish history) as she tries to formulate her own attitudes. The reader travels with Ms. Ochs as she goes from the highs of grasping a complicated Torah passage to the lows of realizing that some Torah ideas are just plain sexist (in her perception).
Talrajas
As a Christian I had very little understanding of the traditions of Judaism. I had difficulty understanding why contemporary, intelligent, independent women would follow such strict rituals. Bt weaving her interesting personal story and academic study into this story Vanessa Ochs provided me with a start of understanding. Very interesting, enjoyable and entertaining.