Yentl review

Yentl review - Sarah Levy 11/21/04 Gender and Judaism...

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Sarah Levy 11/21/04 Gender and Judaism Yentyl “Yentl—you have the soul of a man.” “So why was I born a woman?” “Even heaven makes mistakes.” The above quote in the short story, “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy” embodies one of author Isaac Bashevis Singer’s messages to his readers. Singer’s plot focuses on a young Jewsih girl, Yentl, who desperately want to study the Torah. To do so, she dresses up as a man and enters a Yeshiva. After living life as a Jewish male—she even marries at the Yeshiva—she tells her study partner, Avigdor, her secret, then disappears. The plot twists around a love triangle between Yentl, Avigdor, and Hadass, Yentl’s wife and Avigdor’s love. Singer’s message is that heaven “made a mistake” by making Yentl into a woman. Her attempt to “correct the mistake” ends in failure and broken hearts. Furthermore, one must have the “soul of a man” in order to want to study Torah. Though the plot revolves around a courageous woman who follows her heart despite the obstacles against her,
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course BUAD 305 taught by Professor Davila during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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