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Some girls rejected offers of marriageand threatenedsuicide if the fatherpersistedwith a particularmatch(Hayim 1:85;4, Even ha'ezer: 15, 18b). In one case the fatherof a bride gave the girl's age as eight years less than it actually was (Hayim 1:77b). Presumably,becauseof the bride'sadvanced 12. Elsewhere we hear that bachelors are "usually bashful" when offered the honor of holding the baby at circumcisions (Hayim 4: Sod yesharim section, 34). All this indicates a social situationthat was conduciveto abrasivenessin the arrangementof marriagesby parents.

On the Yemen there is Nini (1991) and numerous earlier works by Goitein, Brauer, Tobi, and others, many of them cited by Nini. Several minor works are to be found in a reader by Deshen and Zenner (1982), which also contains a preliminary synthesis by the editors; Sharot (1976) also contains work of a comparative nature. These activitiesdo not necessarily reflect a total reversalof roles between the old politicalelite and the new religiousone-the sourcesare all rabbinicaland have a naturaltendencyto highlightthe doings of sages-but they do suggest thatboth theirnumber and theirimportancehad grown.

Biale, "Ejaculatory Prayer,p. 24. 18 JUDITHR. The pietist'sdesirefor separationfromthe corruptionof the material world,and his wish to displacethe pleasuresof humansexualitythroughhis devotion to the divine, is built, in part,upon the objectificationof women. That such spiritualoptions were simply not availableor even imaginedfor Jewishwomen is, perhaps,the otherside of the coin. Consideringgender as a category of analysis demonstratesthat the German-Jewishpietists go beyond rabbinicJudaismin theirobjectification of women, both in their efforts to limit illicit sexual behaviorand because of theirwish to elevate passion for the divine over the pleasuresof human love.

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