The Woman's Voice in Zionism : Disentangling Paula Winkler from Martin Buber

This article calls for a reassessment of the thought of Paula Winkler (1877-1958), paying renewed attention to her contributions to the cultural Zionist movement in her work on the domestic space as a site of Jewish cultural renewal. Criticizing the trend in modern Jewish scholarship of focusing on...

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Main Author: Stair, Rose (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: [2018]
In: Religions
Year: 2018, Volume: 9, Issue: 12, Pages: 1-22
Further subjects: B gender
B Jewish culture
B Judaism
B Zionism
B cultural Zionism
B modern Jewish thought
B Germany
B women in Judaism
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Summary: This article calls for a reassessment of the thought of Paula Winkler (1877-1958), paying renewed attention to her contributions to the cultural Zionist movement in her work on the domestic space as a site of Jewish cultural renewal. Criticizing the trend in modern Jewish scholarship of focusing on Winkler's biography and her relationship with her husband Martin Buber at the expense of appreciating her innovations as a Zionist thinker, it proposes and demonstrates a close reading of her work as a corrective. Focusing on Winkler's 1901 essays on Zionism and the Jewish woman, this article illustrates the important challenges Winkler leveled to Buber and the young Zionist intellectual community by awarding the Jewish woman and the private sphere an active and positive role in the Zionist transformation of Jewish life. It concludes that questions of Winkler's identity are best approached through her own careful navigation of her liminal status in the Jewish and Zionist communities, and the way that she engages the perspective awarded to her as a woman and a non-Jew to formulate her arguments.
ISSN: 2077-1444
DOI: 10.3390/rel9120401
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.3390/rel9120401"