Winner of: 2013 National Jewish Book Award For centuries, Jews have turned to the Mourner's Kaddish prayer upon experiencing a loss. This groundbreaking book explores what the recitation of Kaddish has meant specifically to women. Did they find the consolation, closure, and community they were seeking? How did saying Kaddish affect their relationships with God, with prayer, with the deceased, and with the living? With courage and generosity, 52 authors from around the world reflect upon their experiences of mourning. They share their relationships with the family members they lost and what it meant to move on; how they struggled to balance the competing demands of child rearing, work, and grief; what they learned about tradition and themselves; and the disappointments and particular challenges they confronted as women. The collection shares viewpoints from diverse perspectives and backgrounds and examines what it means to heal from loss and to honor memory in family relationships, both loving and fraught with pain. It is a precious record of women searching for their place within Jewish tradition and exploring the connections that make human life worthwhile.
ContentsPoems / Michal Smart
One. My Final Gift / Hodie Kahn ; A Mother's Kaddish / Shelley Richman Cohen ; Loss for Words / Rachel Mesch ; Leaving Cochin / Fiona Hallegua
Two. I Will Not Fail You Now / Pearl Tendler Mattenson ; You Can Do It, Mom / Karen Markowitz Michaels ; Blessed Be / Rebecca E. Starr ; Learning to Live Without / Debbie Yatzkan Jonas
Three. Into the Void / Jennie Rosenfeld ; Choose Life: Kaddish after a Suicide / Laila Goodman ; Kaddish for My Sweet Son, Steven / Abby Ellison Kanarek ; Acknowledgment / Marlyn Bloch Jaffe ; Praise Him All His Angels / Deborah Fineblum
Four. A Sacrifice of Time / Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum ; Whispers in the Dark / Ellen Copeland Buchine ; A Child of Old Age / Sara Wise Prager ; The Prayers of Other Hearts / Laura Sheinkopf ; El Malei Rachamim / Deb Kram
Five. Fulsome Grieving / Vera Schwarcz ; Leaving a Stone / Leah Braunstein Levy ; Good Thing I'm Not Claustrophobic / Joni Nathanson ; Building Character / Rachel Cohen
Six. Ascent to Praise / Nessa Rapoport ; Defying Death / Nechama Goldman Barash ; Don't You Have Any Brothers? / Meryl Greenwald Gordon ; Lifeline / Jeralyn Goldman ; Afterthoughts / Rachel Goldstein Jubas
Seven. Heartache / Debra Shaffer Seeman ; Post-It Notes on My Siddur / Rochelle Barouh Senker ; My Kaddish Journey / Toba Weitz Goldberg ; I Wasn't Trying to Make a Statement / Esther Reed ; A Voluntary Mourner / Debra Luger
Eight. Trying to Go Home / Geela R. R. Naiman ; Will the Place Comfort? / Anne Venze Sendor ; Go to the Jews / Deborah Greniman ; The Strength to Forgive / Michal Smart
Nine. "Pray For Me" / Aviva Ephraim Maller ; Why I Did Not Say Kaddish / Shifra Aviva (Posner) Deren ; Visions of My Dad / Sandi Ehrlich Waldstreicher ; Incantatory Comfort / Amy Koplow
Ten. Beneath My Father's Tallit / Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman ; Kaddishes Lost and Found / Joyce Solomon ; The Power of Women's Prayer / Paula Gantz ; God is Good / Barbara Becker ; The One to Light the Candles / Dina Roemer
Eleven. A Child No Longer / Barbara Ashkenas ; Who Else? / Judith Schwimmer Hessing ; In Those Two Minutes / Suzanne Wolf ; Ten Plus One, Two, Three... / Chana Reifman Zweiter
Twelve. Women and Kaddish: The Halachah / Mark Dratch ; One Kind Gesture / Daniel Cohen ; The Laws of Aveilut / David Walk ; Kaddish and Kabbalah / Penny Cohen ; A Chorus of Praise: Reflections on the Meaning of Kaddish / Michal Smart
Mourner's Kaddish in Hebrew and English
In Loving Memory.
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Jewish mourning customs.
Women in Judaism.
Feminism -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
|Publisher|| Jerusalem :2013
Ashkenas, Barbara, contributor.
271 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references.