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A beautiful and moving one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, including:

Special prayers for the Sabbath, holidays, and important dates of the Jewish year
Prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzva, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth
Prayers for companionship, love, and fertility
Prayers for healing, strength, and personal growth
Prayers for daily reflection and thanksgiving
Prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss

On the eve of Yom Kippur in 2002, Aliza Lavie, a university professor, read an interview with an Israeli woman who had lost both her mother and her baby daughter in a terrorist attack. As Lavie stood in the synagogue later that evening, she searched for comfort for the bereaved woman, for a reminder that she was not alone but part of a great tradition of Jewish women who have responded to unbearable loss with strength and fortitude. Unable to find sufficient solace within the traditional prayer book and inspired by the memory of her own grandmother’s steadfast knowledge and faith, Lavie began researching and compiling prayers written for and by Jewish women.

A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book is the result—a beautiful and moving one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. This elegant, inspiring volume includes special prayers for the Sabbath and holidays and important dates of the Jewish year; prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzva, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth; and prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss. Each prayer is presented in Hebrew and in an English translation, along with fascinating commentary on its origins and allusions. Culled from a wide range of sources, both geographically and historically, this collection testifies that women's prayers were—and continue to be—an inspired expression of personal supplication and desire.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Dec 2, 2008
ISBN: 9780385526869
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A compelling collection of Jewish women's private devotions compiled by a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University. An expanded translation of 2005's Tefillat Nashim, this work focuses on events of importance in the lifecycle of Jewish women, as well as the major holidays. Most texts are in Hebrew and English, with the occasional addition of a Yiddish text. The sources for the prayers are not exclusively Ashkenazi - Sephardic communities and traditions are well represented. There have been books of Jewish women's prayers and devotions for several centuries. However, these were often little known outside of their communities of origin, published privately, or in limited distribution (with some exceptions, such as Fanny Neuda's devotional book). "A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book" attempts to address this question, as well as including some humanistic and universal prayers alongside more traditional and/or conservative wording. it is accessible to scholars and layfolk alike and the bibliography is an excellent starting point for researchers wishing to go further with the topic. The book should be in general release by Nov. 2008 and would be a good choice for both individual and institutional purchases.- S. Larson Lewis 3 NOV 2008read more
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A compelling collection of Jewish women's private devotions compiled by a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University. An expanded translation of 2005's Tefillat Nashim, this work focuses on events of importance in the lifecycle of Jewish women, as well as the major holidays. Most texts are in Hebrew and English, with the occasional addition of a Yiddish text. The sources for the prayers are not exclusively Ashkenazi - Sephardic communities and traditions are well represented. There have been books of Jewish women's prayers and devotions for several centuries. However, these were often little known outside of their communities of origin, published privately, or in limited distribution (with some exceptions, such as Fanny Neuda's devotional book). "A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book" attempts to address this question, as well as including some humanistic and universal prayers alongside more traditional and/or conservative wording. it is accessible to scholars and layfolk alike and the bibliography is an excellent starting point for researchers wishing to go further with the topic. The book should be in general release by Nov. 2008 and would be a good choice for both individual and institutional purchases.- S. Larson Lewis 3 NOV 2008
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