A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book

Author: Aliza Lavie

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0385526865

Category: Religion

Page: 448

View: 3416

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.

The Jewish Woman's Prayer Book

Author: Aliza Lavie

Publisher: Random House LLC

ISBN: 0385522746

Category: Religion

Page: 408

View: 3220

A compilation of prayers written by and for Jewish women, past and present, reflects a variety of Jewish traditions and commemorates every occasion and passage in life, including special prayers in Hebrew and English to mark the Sabbath, holidays, celebratory milestones, and times of tragedy, accompanied by commentary on their historical context. 20,000 first printing.

Hours of Devotion

Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women

Author: Dinah Berland

Publisher: Schocken

ISBN: 0307486052

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 2179

Written in the nineteenth century, rediscovered in the twenty-first, timeless in its wisdom and beauty, Hours of Devotion by Fanny Neuda, (the daughter of a Moravian rabbi), was the first full-length book of Jewish prayers written by a woman for women. In her moving introduction to this volume--the first edition of Neuda’s prayer book to appear in English for more than a century--editor Dinah Berland describes her serendipitous discovery of Hours of Devotion in a Los Angeles used bookstore. She had been estranged from her son for eleven years, and the prayers she found in the book provided immediate comfort, giving her the feeling that someone understood both her pain and her hope. Eventually, these prayers would also lead her back to Jewish study and toward a deeper practice of her Judaism. Originally published in German, Fanny Neuda’s popular prayer book was reprinted more than two dozen times in German and appeared in Yiddish and English editions between 1855 and 1918. Working with a translator, Berland has carefully brought the prayers into modern English and set them into verse to fully realize their poetry. Many of these eighty-eight prayers, as well as Neuda’s own preface and afterword, appear here in English for the first time, opening a window to a Jewish woman’s life in Central Europe during the Enlightenment. Reading “A Daughter’s Prayer for Her Parents,” “On the Approach of Childbirth,” “For a Mother Whose Child Is Abroad,” and the other prayers for both daily and momentous occasions, one cannot help but feel connected to the women who’ve come before. For Berland, Hours of Devotion served as a guide and a testament to the mystery and power of prayer. Fanny Neuda’s remarkable spirit and faith in God, displayed throughout these heartfelt prayers, now offer the same hope of guidance to others. From the Hardcover edition.

Seyder Tkhines

The Forgotten Book of Common Prayer for Jewish Women

Author: Devra Kay

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

ISBN: 9780827607736

Category: Religion

Page: 269

View: 1097

The Seyder Tkhines, translated from its original Yiddish by noted tkhines scholar, Devra Kay, and centerpiece of this groundbreaking work, was a standard Yiddish prayer book for women. It first appeared in Amsterdam in 1648, and continued to be published for the next three generations, usually inside the Hebrew synagogue prayer book. A product of an age when mysticism pervaded mainstream Judaism, the Seyder Tkhines provided women with newly composed, alternative daily prayers that were more specific to their needs. Included in this volume is a unique Yiddish manuscript dating from the 17th century ? a collection of prayers written specifically for a rich, pregnant woman, which Kay discovered among the rare books of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. Now, for the first time, these prayers have been skillfully translated and brought to public view. In addition to her translations, Kay presents her own extensive commentary, providing a deeper understanding of the historic, religious, and cultural background of this period in Jewish history. This unparalleled book will have special appeal to those interested in the social, literary, and religious history of women, as well as the history of the Yiddish language and literature. The interest in these forgotten prayers and their significance to the lives of women has now been revived, and these tkhines are ready to be rediscovered by a modern readership.

The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices

Author: Andrea Lieber, Ph.D.

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101577207

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 6759

An insightful and illuminating guide to Judaism's basic tenets and practices. The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices offers a more profound understanding of Judaism - for practicing Jews and non-Jews alike - by explaining the key concepts of Jewish thought, including the sanctity of human life, Judaism's concept of God, and the role of theTorah in guiding Jewish spiritual life. Judaic studies scholar Andrea Lieber introduces readers to the form of Jewish prayer - the structure of Jewish worship and the different kinds of prayers that make up Jewish liturgy.The perfect guide for Jewish spirituality for affiliated and non-practicing Jews as well as people of other faiths. - Provides essential knowledge of the meaning of the Torah and the rituals of worship and prayer

Voices of the Matriarchs

Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women

Author: Chava Weissler

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807036174

Category: Religion

Page: 269

View: 6514

Examines the vernacular women's devotional prayers called tkhines, offering insight into the early modern Ashkenazic women's lives, beliefs, devotions, and relationships with God


The Complete Book of Prayers, Rituals, and Blessings for Every Jewish Home

Author: Avram Davis,Sarah Shendelman

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9780786863815

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 1522

TRADITIONS is a treasure chest of ancient, traditional, and modern Jewish blessings positioned between two strong currents of reader interest--an enthusiasm for recovering the lost wealth of Judaism and the universal quest for invigorating our daily lives with simple spirituality. Illustrated with stunning modern and archival photography of historical artifacts, religious symbols, and practical elements.

A Book of Jewish Women's Prayers

Translations from the Yiddish

Author: Norman Tarnor

Publisher: Jason Aronson Incorporated


Category: Religion

Page: 210

View: 8048

From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, there developed in Europe an extensive Jewish literature consisting of storybooks, ethical treatises, songs, dictionaries, translations of the daily and holiday prayer book, and what came to be known as techinnot - manuals of private devotion. Little has been written on these techinnot, despite the fact that a century ago almost every Jewish home had collections of such Yiddish prayers. These techinnot reflected conditions of Jewish life in central and eastern Europe for centuries. In some prayers, we find the concern of a worried wife who expresses anxiety for her husband, who has to travel on business and is often on the road. She prays for his protection from violent men, from imprisonment, and from death. Many passages reflect social and economic problems, the tribulations of raising children, illnesses, and a hundred other details of daily life. In this extensive volume, Dr. Tarnor has compiled and translated selections of techinnot originally published in Vilna. Also included are the original introductory remarks to the selections to provide a fuller appreciation of the text. A notes section at the end of the book illuminates the meaning of the techinnot and occasionally reveals the nature or background of some aspect of a techinnah. The author also proffers a variety of explanations as to the reason these books have been neglected for so long despite their popularity a century ago. In recognizing the importance of these timeless prayers, Norman Tarnor has afforded the modern Jewish woman a glimpse into a lost tradition, thus providing her with valuable responses to important religious and daily experiences in her journey throughwomanhood.

People of the Book

A Novel

Author: Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101158190

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 7807

View our feature on Geraldine Books’s People of the Book. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author. From the Hardcover edition.

My People's Prayer Book: Shabbat at home

Author: Lawrence A. Hoffman

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing

ISBN: 1879045850

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 5840

This momentous, critically-acclaimed series is truly an essential source filled with traditional prayers, and modern commentaries.

Bridging the Divide

The Selected Poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen

Author: Hava Pinhas-Cohen

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815653336

Category: Poetry

Page: N.A

View: 8938

Raised in a Ladino-speaking family of Bulgarian Jewish immigrants, Pinhas- Cohen fuses the ancient Sephardic chant of her childhood with the contemporary rhythm of Israeli life. This singular talent for bridging the ancient and the modern sets her apart from most other Hebrew poets of her generation. Secular in style and spirit, yet rooted in the life cycle of religious Judaism, Pinhas- Cohen’s poems portray everyday life in modern Israel through a sacred yet personal language. Awarded the coveted Prime Minister’s Prize for her poetry, Pinhas-Cohen is a poet whose verse in English translation is long overdue. This bilingual collection offers readers a careful selection of poems from each of her seven published volumes. Hart-Green has worked closely with the poet herself on these translations, several of which have appeared in journals such as the Jewish Quarterly and the Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. Her lively translations display the dazzling breadth and depth of Pinhas-Cohen’s oeuvre, making Bridging the Divide not only the first but the definitive English-language edition of this vital Hebrew poet’s work.

Reward of the Righteous Women

Author: Shlita Biala Rebbe

Publisher: Feldheim Publishers

ISBN: 9781583308257

Category: Religion

Page: 442

View: 535

A companion to The Merit of the Righteous Women, this newly translated work from the Biala Rebbe, shlita is a powerful source of inspiration for today's Jewish woman. Drawn from classical sources of Torah and Chassidic thought, the Rebbe discusses such topics as emuna (faith), tznius (modesty), and the power of a woman's prayer. Thought-provoking and uplifting, this examination and explaination of the Jewish woman's role is required reading for women seeking direction.

The Hebrew Priestess

Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women's Spiritual Leadership

Author: Jill Hammer,Taya Shere

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781934730461

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 328

View: 657

It has been barely 40 years since rabbinical seminaries began ordaining women as rabbis. But women have played a role in Jewish religious leadership from the days of the Bible and even before. Miriam the Prophetess and Deborah the Judge are just the two most prominent of these women, most of whose names are lost to history. The Hebrew Priestess tells the stories of these women, often reading between the lines of the Bible and Talmud to rediscover the women that rabbinic editors tried to erase. The authors bring a unique vantage point: They are founders of the Kohenet Institute, which trains Jewish women as religious leaders - as Hebrew priestesses. They believe the spiritual gifts of Jewish women cannot be incorporated into Judaism unless women explore the Divine through their own lens. The Kohenet Institute offers an embodied, ecstatic earth-based approach to Jewish spiritual practice and leadership. The Hebrew Priestess weaves together a careful examination of historical antecedents of these new priestesses, along with the personal experiences of women who embarked on this new path of Jewish priestesshood. The Hebrew Priestess delineates 13 models of spiritual leadership - among them prophetess, weaver, drummer, shrinekeeper, midwife, mother, maiden, witch, and fool - and shows how each model was manifest in ancient times, its continuation through Jewish history, and how women in our day are following that path. Finally, it shows how you can incorporate part of that path into your own life. Ambitious, erudite, practical, and deeply personal, the Hebrew Priestsess offers a deep connection to Jewish history and to profound holy experiences today. "A very readable and much-needed book " -Starhawk "An extraordinary and amazing work." -Alicia Ostriker "A book to savor." -Max Dashu "The articulation of my dreams and longings." -Rabbi Shefa Gold "Read this book, but don't stop there-live it as well " -Rabbi Rami Shapiro"

Mishkan T'filah

Services for Shabbat ; a Reform Siddur

Author: Elyse D. Frishman

Publisher: CCAR Press

ISBN: 9780881231045

Category: Judaism

Page: 387

View: 2801


Common Prayers

Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year

Author: Harvey Cox

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547416588

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 1349

Harvey Cox, the eminent Christian theologian and scholar of religion, offers an intimate tour through the Jewish year certain to inform and enlighten Jews and non-Jews alike. As a member of an interfaith household, Cox has had ample opportunity to reflect upon the essence of Judaism and its complex relationship to Christianity. Organized around the Jewish calendar from Rosh Hashanah to Yom ha-Atzmaíut, Common Prayers illuminates the meanings of Jewish holidays as well as traditions surrounding milestone events such as death and marriage. Describing in elegant, accessible language the holidays’ personal, historical, and spiritual significance and the lessons they offer us, Cox “is instructive and enlightening, revealing the depth and passion of his religious thought and practice” (Boston Herald). As seen through his eyes, the Jewish holidays offer a wellspring of discovery and reflection for every reader.

Union Prayer Book

Sinai Edition, Revised

Author: Rabbi Michael P. Sternfield,Rabbi Howard A. Berman

Publisher: CCAR Press

ISBN: 0881232238

Category: Religion

Page: 445

View: 2240

The Union Prayer Book-Sinai Edition eBook includes Services for Sabbath Evening and Morning in the renewed Classical Reform tradition, embedded audio files of music from both the historic and contemporary repertoire, readings for special occasions and on special themes, stunning color photos of famous American Reform temples, and the lyrics for several popular Sabbath service songs and hymns. This UPB eBook makes our dynamic heritage available for those who cherish Reform tradition, as well as those seeking an accessible spiritual, visual, and auditory worship experience. It contains prayers and meditations that have inspired generations of American Reform Jews and continues to inspire Jews of the 21st century, and it incorporates contemporary gender-neutral language and provides transliterations for all of the Hebrew texts. With the new Union Prayer Book-Sinai Edition eBook, you can enjoy celebrating the Sabbath in your own home, in a group, outdoors, or anywhere you can access your eBooks. And it has search and bookmark capabilities. The Union Prayer Book: Sinai Edition was first published in 2000 by Chicago Sinai Congregation as a contemporary, gender-neutral liturgy for Reform congregations wishing to maintain the historic worship traditions of the Reform Movement. In 2012, Chicago Sinai Congregation, in collaboration with Society for Classical Reform Judaism, revised the Union Prayer Book for the twenty-first century.

My Yiddish Vacation

Author: Ione Skye

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1466870079

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 3875

Whenever Ruth and Sammy visit their grandparents, they get to brush up on their Yiddish. This Jewish language, a blend of German and Hebrew, is full of words that are fun to say: words like shvitz (sweat), feh! ("It stinks!"), and schmaltz (fat). Ruth and Sammy look forward to spending time with relatives. As Ruth would say, until they arrive at their grandparent's house, they are on shpilkes (pins and needles)! Actress Ione Skye drew upon her childhood experiences in this story of family ties, cultural exploration, and adventures under the sunshine.

Deborah, Golda, and Me

Author: Letty Pogrebin

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307803333

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 4750

A leading feminist activist, author, and nationally known lecturer writes of her struggle to integrate a feminist head with a Jewish heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.