Jews: How to Be a Kosher Housewife

In an era of labor-saving devices for the home, thousands of American women are voluntarily carrying out additional household chores. Despite rabbinical worries about secularization and the loss of religious identity, a surprising number of modern Jewish women—Orthodox, Conservative and even Reform—have decided to undertake the difficult but homely craft of maintaining a kosher home. "The Orthodox always stood for it," says Jewish Sociologist Marshall Sklare. "Today they stand for it more so. The Conservatives, in the past, stood for it rather passively. Now they stand for it actively. And Reform...

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