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The Obligated Self


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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I
Chapter 1: Obligation
Chapter 2: Love
Chapter 3: Power
Chapter 4: TeachingPart II
Chapter 5: The Other
Chapter 6: The Third
Chapter 7: The NeighborEpilogue

About the Author

Mara H. Benjamin is Chair and Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is author of Rosenzweig's Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity.


In this elegantly written, provocative, scholarly, and accessible work, Mara Benjamin contributes to the growing body of literature using maternal experience as a source for theology and religious ethics.

* Journal of the American Academy of Religion *

It is rare to find an academic text that is so creative, honest, and thoughtful, and uniquely contributes to multiple fields of inquiry-in this case, Jewish theology, feminist theory, and parenting. Bringing together a wide variety of resources in an artful display of academic research that is both intellectually stimulating and personally vulnerable, readers will find Benjamin's offering to be a continued reservoir for reflecting on what unites humanity perhaps more universally than anything else: that we have all been parented and most of us will also, at some point, embark on the risky, adventurous, deeply enriching journey of parenting.

* Journal of Jewish Identities *

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