• The Amen Meal: Jewish Women Experience Lived Religion through a New Ritual

    Author(s):
    Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Ritual studies, Gender, Religion, Jewish culture
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/5v5n-7q37
    Abstract:
    This article focuses on Jewish women’s experiences of the amen meal ritual. The central intention of this meal is to achieve many recitations of the word “amen” in response to benedictions recited for different sorts of food. The women’s voices and experiences, reflected in in-depth interviews with participants and participant observations, facilitate our understanding and conceptions of how some contemporary Jewish women experience lived religion. The amen meal experience is characterized by continuity, relationships and activeness, and it creates a safe place for Jewish women to develop their self- and communal-religious identities. The multiplicity of independent and united communities of women helps them connect to themselves, their community and their identity as Jewish women, and it gives them a sense of empowerment.
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    Published
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