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Letter of Approbation
by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau,
Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo (former Chief Rabbi of Israel)


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Tfilat Nashim - Hebrew Version of A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book
Tfilat Nashim


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A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book Reviews

In Italy, a Unique Connection Between Women and the Torah By Chavie Lieber,

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The Kosher Bookworm: "In Her Voice" and "A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book" By
  Alan Jay Gerber
, The Jewish Star

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Sliding to the left? Contemporary American Modern Orthodoxy By Yehuda Turetsky
  and Chaim I. Waxman (Review at note 12).
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Anthology of Private Prayers by and for Traditional Jewish Women By Adam D
  Mendelsohn, H-net Online

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A Prayer Book for All Seasons By Barbara Trainin Blank, Hadassah Magazine
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Va'ani Tefillati: The Women’s Prayer Conference, The United Synagogue of
  Conservative Judaism
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A Shul Of Her Own By Haviva Ner-David, The Jerusalem Report
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Lilith Magazine Review By Judy Gerstel
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Conference On Prayer Underscores Change By Francine Klagsbrun,
  The Jewish Week

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Faith that heals the suffering heart By Simon Rocker, The Jewish Chronicle
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Rabbi Marc Wolf discusses Aliza Lavie's new book on Women's prayer as it relates to
  the spontaneous prayer of Jacob and the current recession in this week's commentary
  on Parashat Va-yishlah. More

Jew Wishes On: A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book By Jew Wishes Blog
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Into the limelight By Shoshana Kordova, Haaretz
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Seeking Authenticity, Women Flock to Prayer Forum By Debra Nussbaum Cohen,
  The Jewish Daily Forward
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Inspiring prayers for women By Gilah Langner, HighBeam Research
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Aliza Lavie at the NJBA Ceremony By Naomi Firestone, Jewish Book
  Council's Blog
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New Ways Of Talking To God By Elicia Brown, The Jewish Week
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The Torah of our mothers By Judy Bolton- Fasman, The Jewish Advocate
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Essential Jewish Books :: A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book By Maureen Kendler,

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What I learned from Aliza Lavie ... By Jordan Namerow, Jewish Women's
   Archive Blog
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Prayers From The Women’s Balcony By Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week
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New prayer books revive forgotten women’s liturgy By Ben Harris, The Wisconsin
  Jewish Chronicle
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Tefillat Nashim: Jewish Women’s Prayers throughout the Ages By Sybil Sheridan, 
  NASHIM: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues.
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Unexpected Gift Books By Sande Brawarsky, Jewish Women International
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Aliza Lavie: Discovering A Legacy of Jewish Women's Prayers By Michelle Katz,
  The Jewish Press

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The Prayer of a mother in law By Rabbi Jack Riemer
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A Prayer of One’s Own By Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, The Jewish Daily

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Jewish Woman's Prayer Book' author Aliza Lavie to speak at Palm Beach Synagogue
  By Michele Dargan, Palm Beach Daily News
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Praying for a Spouse By Shulamit Reinharz, 614 HBI eZine
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Making Time for Prayer and Religious Dialogue Top New Year's Resolution Lists,
  Fayette Faith
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A woman's place By Ben Harris, The Jerusalem Post
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On wings of prayer By Tamar Rotem, Haaretz
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'With humility, my God, I approach you' By Prof. Avigdor Shinan, Haaretz
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A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book” edited by Aliza Lavie (Spiegel & Grau, December)
  is a new collection of prayers written by and for women over the ages. Hebrew prayers
  are translated into English, with commentary. The prayers commemorate holidays,
  lifecycle and mundane events, whether an Italian prayer for an easy pregnancy or the
  matriarchs’ prayer for the month of Elul and Rosh HaShanah. The editor teaches at 
  Bar Ilan University in Israel. Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week Book Critic.

"The essence of the book ‘Tefillat Nashim’ (Women’s Prayers Throughout the Ages)
  isn't realized in the first reading, nor in a continuous reading. A prayer that is uttered 
  for the first time is not really 'prayer'; it is a random prayer like many others. Only the
  element of repetition transforms it into real prayer. The power of a prayer-book lies in
  its communal acceptance into the life cycle; its power lies in the ceremony that is
  created around it, in being read aloud in public at the appropriate time and season. 
  The power of the Jewish prayer book throughout the generations has arisen from the
  tension between tradition and innovation, between the fixed and the transient, between
  the Divine and the human. ‘Women's Prayers Throughout the Ages’ is perhaps one of
  the most important events in the Jewish religion in recent years, and it is worthy of
  many sequels". Almog Behar, Haaretz.

Impact Of Women On Jewish History
  By Prof. Livia Bitton Jackson
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A woman's book of prayer becomes a bestseller
  By Nechemia Meyers, Jewish Tribune

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Women and Prayer, BIU Today
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Shulamit Reinharz on Aliza Lavie´s New Book By Prof. Shulamit Reinharz, Kolech
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Lavie at women's prayer workshop in Brookline The Jewish Advocate
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Women's Prayers By Menachem Mendel
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Fiction And Poetry: From Kosher Butchers To Lost Tribes - Books Review
  By Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week Book Critic
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Reviews of the book in the Israeli press                             All Hebrew Reviews

Journalist and literary critic Ariana Melamed - YNET
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Poet and literary critic Almog Behar (Haaretz) explains that the power of a prayer book
  lies in the community’s acceptance of it into the cycle of life; its power is in the
  ceremony that is created around it, in the reading of it, aloud, by the congregation, at
  the appropriate seasons of the year and of life.
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Journalist Lihi Lapid was enchanted by the stories of the women writers, learned
  scholars, who found the way to express their feelings and connect with others with the
  right words for those moments that a woman understands.

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Carmel Weissman explains why many women - including some who define themselves
  as secular - have begun to pray with this book.

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Prof. Avigdor Shinan invites deeper consideration of the book: is there any difference
  between a work created by a woman for her peers and one created by a man, meant
  for women? Were these men - mostly rabbis - able to understand the depths of a
  woman’s heart and give them full, honest expression?

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Sociologist Gilad Seri Levi considers the political ramifications of Tefilat Nashim, a
  mosaic of prayers and the life stories...
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Dr. Tzvia Walden questions the absence of women’s prayers created by other streams
  of Judaism. Are there women’s prayers that are “acceptable” and others that are “
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Prof. Yehudit Baumel enthuses: “There are few books that one reads in a single
  breath, regretting afterwards that they came to an end. It is still rarer to read a book
  with the certainty that it will find a place in your everyday life.”
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Arutz 7 Review
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A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book - Treasure Revealed - YNET
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Rabbi Yuval Cherlow calls to restore private, personal prayer to its proper place.
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Journalist Michal Wasner finds that Tefilat Nashim presents the prayers like works of
  art, like a display of precious jewels, as empowering texts of spiritual greatness. And,
  she concludes, it is specifically the non-obligatory format that affords the reader the
  possibility of suddenly deciding, in a completely independent manner, on the spur of
  the moment, to take action.
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Prof. Admiel Cosman feels deeply the absence of the prayers created by other modern
  Israeli poets.
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Poet Hava Pinhasi grapples with the question of how a book of prayers became
  relevant to such different audiences, including religious, traditional, and secular
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Dr. Yael Areli summarizes: “This important book has achieved its purpose: to
  reawaken the feminine voices that have been lost, forgotten and erased from our
  consciousness over the course of the generations.
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Amudim - Tefilat Nashim is a collection of prayers written by and/or for Jewish
  women from a diverse range of historical and cultural background.
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Shvoong Website: For all those women who would like to talk to God, once in a while,
  and feel that they don’t know how to begin or what to say, Dr. Aliza Lavie has gathered
  prayers written three thousand years ago along with prayers written in the third
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Rabbi Einat Ramon is pained by the absence of non-Orthodox prayers and poetry.
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Yael Penini describes how the stories of women from Jewish sources inspire her.
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