Judaism and education have long become synonymous. Jews have prioritized learning for millenia, and our love of words and ideas have kept Jews afloat throughout many diasporas. This month, we are exploring that relationship, from time immemorial until today, with an eye to where we are now and where we might be heading.
Sarah Schenirer is one of the most important Orthodox changemakers in modern Jewish history. The founder of the Bais Yaakov school system in interwar Poland, Schenirer prompted a fundamental shift in the education of women in the Orthodox community. In her definitive book, Seidman considers the tensions inherent to this revolution, with an eye to the relationship between change and tradition. Seidman looks at the interacting forces that influenced the movement, and the movements that the Bais Yaakov system has went through since the Holocaust and post-war era. This book is for anyone with an interest in change, tradition, women in Judaism, and how we manage to change so much while staying the same.