Reading prayers composed by women who lived long ago can create a sense of connection across time, space, and cultural divides. Differences fall away, replaced by the common desires of women calling upon God. Through the scholarship of Dr. Aliza Lavie, a beautiful prayer resource now is available. Published in 2008, A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book the book includes Hebrew text alongside the English. This book would make an ideal gift. Not only are the prayers uplifting and the commentaries insightful, but the physical book also is beautiful, meant to be treasured and shared with future generations.
This beautiful volume of prayers will be inspirational to women of all faiths, and exciting for readers who appreciate women’s history. There are prayers from several different countries, written from the middle ages to the present. Prayers are included for every stage of life
Hanukkah will take place from Saturday, December 8 to Sunday, December 16 this year. For all who are celebrating, may the holiday be filled with joy.
I borrowed a copy of this book from my public library. No fee was received in exchange for this review.