Women’s Customs
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A Feminine Mosaic
of Customs and Stories
Tel Aviv: Yedioth Ahronoth


President Shimon Peres received
Women’s Customs Book


Judaism, the women's version By Tamar Rotem, Haaretz


   

New by Aliza Lavie
Author of the best-selling “A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book”
Women’s Customs – A Feminine Mosaic of Customs and Stories
Tel Aviv: Yedioth Ahronoth

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Judaism, the women's version By Tamar Rotem, Haaretz

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My interaction with different sectors, in the wake of “Tefilat Nashim”, has exposed me to a fascinating feminine world of knowledge, law, ritual, customs and ceremonies within which spontaneous, individual prayer and supplication was such a natural feature of life. These traditions are the subject of a second volume, entitled “Minhag Nashim” (Women’s Customs). The transmission of this wealth of faith and knowledge took place far from the study hall and the synagogue; it was passed down practically, experientially, within the home, in the vernacular of the various Diaspora communities. Little was documented; it was a living tradition passed from mother to daughter. The seismic events of modernity have had a devastating effect on this tradition. The accumulated effects of the secular Enlightenment, the Holocaust, the establishment of the State of Israel and the subsequent mass immigration of strongly traditional communities, the replacement of a close-knit community framework and the extended family with the nuclear family, the intensive secularization of Israeli society, and mass assimilation within Diaspora communities, have all but erased the entire Jewish

Women’s “oral law”. My aim has been to salvage what lived on in living memory before it disappears; before there is no-one left who can still speak of that mode of religious existence from personal experience. I approach this research with the conviction that the unique customs, ceremonies, prayer formulas and rituals of Jewish women in communities throughout the Diaspora and over the centuries are an authentic source of inspiration and empowerment for Jewish men and women alike in the 21st century.

 
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