Song and Survival

Shabbat Shirah is marked at Temple Micah (DC) — as in many congregations — with extra emphasis on the Song of the Sea, the Israelites’ praise-song to God after their escape from Egypt (Exodus Chapter […]

Bird-Song of the Sea

“Az yashir moshe — Then Moses sang” — Exodus 15:1.

Langston Hughes’ Simple Prayer

I recently picked up The Best of Simple, a collection of short stories by Langston Hughes, and was struck by an amazing prayer that the main character says he would offer, were he “a praying […]

Unifying Heaven and Earth

March 6 and 7 Kabbalat Shabbat service and workshop: “Unifying Heaven and Earth: Spiritual Teachings: Practices from the Kabbalah and Jewish Mystical Tradition,” in Richmond, VA, hosted by the Chrysalis Group.

Flour and Torah: Mah Tovu

Places of Jacob and Israel– how good are both! In last week’s Torah portion, the final portion of Genesis, Jacob/Israel adopts two of his grandsons, blesses his sons, gives them directions for his burial and […]

Women’s Prayer Publications

In addition to 2008’s A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book, a number of “women’s prayer” publications have been released in recent years.

Leaving Genesis: Departing Women

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 […]

Searching Out a Place

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 […]

A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book

A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book, edited by Aliza Lavie New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2008.

What Is Prayer?

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. […]