O Hebrew Woman, who knows your life?

A Poetical Footnote to History

Published: Ariel - a quarterly review of arts an letters in Israel, no.49, 1979



"O Hebrew Woman, who knows your life?

In darkness you came and in darkness shall go;

Your sorrow, your joy, misfortune, desire

In you are born, in you they die."


Countless articles have been written about the inferior status of the Jewish woman before the Law, principally on account of the ancient marital laws. But nothing written on this painful subject can compare for power and influence with Yehuda Leib Gordons' poem "The Jot of the Iota"......


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