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Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women

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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 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.

Synopsis:

Presents a collection of prayers, written in the nineteenth century by a woman for Jewish women, that includes "A Daughter's Prayer for Her Parents," "On the Approach of Childbirth," "For a Mother Whose Child Is Abroad," and other devotions for both everyday and special occasions in a woman's life. 15,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307486059
Subtitle:
Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women
Publisher:
Schocken Books
Edited by:
Dinah Berland
Author:
Berland, Dinah
Author:
Neuda, Fanny
Author:
Fanny Neuda
Author:
Dinah Berland
Subject:
Religion : Prayer
Subject:
Prayer
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Prayerbooks - Jewish
Subject:
Judaism-Prayer
Subject:
Religion Comparative-Scripture and Prayer
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070828
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
286

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
Religion » Christianity » Christian Life » Women's Issues
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » Scripture and Prayer
Religion » Judaism » Prayer

Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women
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Product details 286 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307486059 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Presents a collection of prayers, written in the nineteenth century by a woman for Jewish women, that includes "A Daughter's Prayer for Her Parents," "On the Approach of Childbirth," "For a Mother Whose Child Is Abroad," and other devotions for both everyday and special occasions in a woman's life. 15,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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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