Women Protagonists in the Hebrew Morality Composition zemach Tzadiq by Leon Modena 

Vered Tohar


This article proposes a reading of three stories from the Hebrew morality book Tzemach Tzadiq [The Righteous Shoot], composed by Leon Modena (1571-1648) and based upon the 13th century Italian treatise Fiore di Virtu [The Flowers of the Virtues]. These stories, which present plots with female protagonists, demonstrate women’s mystique in this early Modern Hebrew compilation and reveal the attitude of Modena and his readership towards women who deviated from the norm. Although Tzemach Tzadiq is a hegemonic patriarchal text, it reveals an intra-gender relationship where these female protagonists protest against their social inferiority by means of self-violence.

Słowa kluczowe: Leon Modena, The Hebrew story, morality literature, Jewish literature, Jewish folklore, gender studies

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