Vixens Disturbing Vineyards: Embarrassment and Embracement of Scriptures-A Festschrift Honoring Harry Fox LeBeit Yoreh

Vixens Disturbing Vineyards: Embarrassment and Embracement of Scriptures-A Festschrift Honoring Harry Fox LeBeit Yoreh

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Edited by T. Yoreh, A. Glazer, J. Lewis, & M. Segal

Series: Judaism and Jewish Life
ISBN: 9781934843321 (hardcover) 
Pages: 690 pp.
Publication Date: April 2010

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Embarrassment and embracement are two moments in the reading, misreading, and re-reading of scriptures defined broadly to include both canonical and non-canonical texts. Despite what Harold Bloom calls our "belatedness" in this process, every reading community has its way of confronting that moment of embarrassment so as to re-embrace or reject its implications. These implications are especially strong in religious cultures with a nomian tradition. By entering into that very tension between what Fox calls embarrassment and re-embracement, every reader recognizes the anxiety of a narrative's influence upon a community. Papers dealing with different aspects of this phenomenon are part of a festschrift honoring Professor Harry Fox (LeBeit Yoreh), the originator of this seminal idea in the transmission of texts. Contributors include such scholars as Yaakov Elman, Simcha Fishbane, the late Chana Safrai, and Tirzah Meacham, as well as many students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Fox.


Tzemah Yoreh (PhD Hebrew University) was a postdoctoral fellow at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem (2006) and Ben-Gurion University (20062008). He is currently assistant professor of Bible at the American Jewish University.

Aubrey L. Glazer (PhD University of Toronto) is an independent scholar and a rabbi at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco. His book Contemporary Hebrew Mystical Poetry: How it Redeems Jewish Thinking (2009) has been awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for its distinguished contribution to scholarship. His most recent books are A New Physiognomy of Jewish Thinking: Critical Theory After Adorno as Applied to Jewish Thought ( 2011) and Mystical Vertigo: Contemporary Kabbalistic Hebrew Poetry Dancing Over the Divide (2013).

Justin Lewis

Miryam Segal  is assistant professor in the Classics, Middle Eastern and Asian Languages Department at Queens College, the City University of New York. She is the author of A New Sound in Hebrew Poetry: Poetics, Politics, Accent.