In addition to 2008’s A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book, a number of “women’s prayer” publications have been released in recent years.
This week’s Torah portion is Vayechi (“Jacob lived [in the land of Egypt]… “) — Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 — which closes the book of Genesis.
A few weeks back (Vayishlach, Gen. 32:4 -36:43), we read of Rachel’s death and Dinah’s rape.
Many contemporary women and men are searching for “a place,” in the Jewish world. We frequently bemoan the lack of singing, fellowship, learning or youth programs at our various synagogues. We struggle with issues from the pettiest to the most fundamental in our worship communities. We all know of clergy and other Jewish professionals who were treated badly by their congregations or vice versa.
A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book,
edited by Aliza Lavie
New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
Women and men are invited to an interdenominational conference on women and prayer, cosponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Women of Reform Judaism, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism and NYC-based organizations. Will take place at Heschel high school in Manhattan, March 1, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Keynote address will be by Aliza Lavie, editor of the new Jewish Women’s Prayer Book.
The Gate of Wounded Feelings:
Introduction and “Martyrology” prayers
for Fabrangen Havurah, Yom Kippur 5761 (2000)
UPDATED 5/9/19: removing outdated links; hope to add newer ones in their place sometime soon
Some basic info about specific women whose learning is acknowledged in the Talmud (vs., e.g. texts about women or women’s learning or, more generally, the status of women).
Below are some print resources and a few more links, but here are some basics regarding some of the most prominent women of learning in the Talmud: