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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 Neudas 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 Neudas 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 Neudas own preface and afterword, appear here in English for the first time, opening a window to a Jewish womans life in Central Europe during the Enlightenment. Reading “A Daughters 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 whove come before.

For Berland, Hours of Devotion served as a guide and a testament to the mystery and power of prayer. Fanny Neudas remarkable spirit and faith in God, displayed throughout these heartfelt prayers, now offer the same hope of guidance to others.

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Written in the 19th century and rediscovered in the 21st, this book of prayers was compiled for women by a woman. Timeless in its wisdom and beauty, "Hours of Devotion" serves as a guide and a testament to the mystery and power of prayer.

About the Author

Dinah Berland is a poet whose work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Ploughshares, and The Iowa Review, among other journals and anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a book editor for the J. Paul Getty Museum. Visit her on the Web at www.dinahberland.com.

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Gyreandgimble, June 22, 2014 (view all comments by Gyreandgimble)
As a Jewish feminist, it is often difficult to relate to the traditional prayer service. This book offers a refreshing alternative to the prayers I grew up with, while still maintaining the spirit of the prayers I say in synagogue. The text is a bit flowery, but the emotion is real. The introduction is a must-read. It's a very interesting history lesson that is not always taught in Jewish schools. I received Hours of Devotion as a b-mitzvah gift, and it is one of my favorite prayer books today.
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ISBN:
9780805242454
Author:
Berland, Dinah
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Author:
edited and adapted into verse by Dinah Berland
Subject:
Prayer
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Prayerbooks - Jewish
Subject:
Judaism-Prayer
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.63x5.74x1.15 in. 1.03 lbs.

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