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By Ilana M. Blumberg

Houses of Study is an eloquent memoir of a Jewish woman’s existence and her efforts to reconcile the traditions of her religion together with her trust in women’s equality and the pull of contemporary American residing. Ilana M. Blumberg lines her direction from a early life immersed in Hebrew and classical Judaic texts along Anglo-American novels and biographies to a womanhood the place the 2 literatures by surprise signify collectively unique probabilities for all times. Set in “houses of study,” from a Jewish grammar university and highschool to a Jerusalem yeshiva for ladies to a mundane American collage, her intimate and poignant memoir asks what occurs while the conventional Jewish perfect of studying asserts itself in a lady directed through that very same culture towards a lifetime of modesty, early marriage, and motherhood.

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Milhamta shel Torah, hrwo lv aomjlm: war for the sake of the Torah. Kol mahloket she’hi l’shem shamayim, sofah l’hitkayem, ayhq okwljm lc 12 binah +yykohl hpws +ymv +ql: any disagreement for the sake of heaven is destined to stand. Learning was a war, a circumscribed war, a beautiful, passionate, and endless struggle with oneself, with others, for the purpose of getting at the truth. As if they were defending their cities, fighting dragons with swords, I imagined these boys and men studying Torah.

We would run up or down the stairs and through our unlocked doors to get another cup of co√ee; distractions were welcome. ’’ Who could learn? With this up and down motion, this running from place to place? Though we ran from room to room, days went by without our leaving the building. In slippers, we shuΔed from our bedrooms to our kitchens to the kitchen that served as a library to the bedroom that served as a classroom. Wearing long skirts pulled over long underwear or sweatshirts pulled over pajamas, we arrived in class.

Then you have some time to yourself in the room you share with two others. And then the last round of the day: night study. You stay in one place, your place; you stay and you stay, as if you were guarding something. In the beginning the Beit Midrash is full, crowded even. Men sit in pairs; they lean back in their chairs as they have not done all day. The study is less rigorous, the air less electric. After a full day, minds are just now fully open, susceptible to impression. The feeling is of good fellowship.

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