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Mara H. Benjamin
St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN 55057-1574)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 8/31/2013

Selves in Relation: Parental Obligation, Power, and Care in Jewish Theological Perspective

I seek funding to write two chapters of my second book, a constructive investigation of the theological and ethical significance of childrearing and how it can inform contemporary Jewish thought. The traditional categories of both premodern and modern Jewish theological and ethical reflection lend themselves to engagement with philosophical considerations of childrearing, such as obligation, asymmetry in relationships, and praxis. However, while Christian feminist theologians and secular theorists of culture have wrestled with the implications of contemporary literature on childrearing, Jewish thinkers have not. My volume will be the first to examine key modern Jewish philosophers and religious thinkers, as well as tropes from the premodern Jewish religious corpus that they engage, through the lens of parental care and obligation. This innovation in contemporary Jewish thought is tethered to the Jewish theological tradition and builds new bridges to contemporary religious studies.