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A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book - Overview

A beautifully presented, one-of-a-kind collection of prayers written for and by Jewish women throughout the ages.

On the eve of Yom Kippur in 2002, Aliza Lavie, a university professor, read an interview with an about Israeli woman who had lost both her mother and her baby daughter in a terrorist attack. As she stood in the synagogue later that evening, Lavie 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, she began researching and compiling prayers written for and by Jewish women.

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, including:

Special prayers for the Sabbath, holidays, and important dates of the Jewish year;

Prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzvah, marriage, pregnancy,
  and childbirth;

Prayers for love, fertility, and companionship;

Prayers for healing, strength, and personal growth;

Prayers for daily reflection and thanksgiving;

Prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss.

Each prayer is presented in Hebrew and in with 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.

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