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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.

Synopsis:

This beautiful and moving, one-of-a-kind collection draws from a variety of Jewish traditions to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life--from the mundane to the extraordinary.

About the Author

Dr. Aliza Lavie is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She is also a presenter and editor of television programs on Jewish culture. She lives in Natanya, Israel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385526869
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Religion : Prayerbooks - Jewish
Author:
Edited by Aliza Lavie
Author:
Lavie, Aliza
Subject:
Religion : Prayer
Subject:
Religion : Meditations
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main_subject
Subject:
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Publication Date:
20081202
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
448

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Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Meditations
Religion » Comparative Religion » Scripture and Prayer
Religion » Judaism » General
Religion » Judaism » Prayer
Religion » Judaism » Rituals and Practice

A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book
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