Kaddish : women's voices

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BM670.K3 K33 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  BM670.K3 K33 2013
 
 
Summary
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.
Contents
Poems / 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "More than 50 women writers contributed personal essays to this unique collection. It provides readers with considerable insight into the role of women in the contemporary Jewish community, framing their stories within the place of the Kaddish tradition of Jewish mourning. In essays written expressly for this volume, the authors bring to the table an array of cultural backgrounds, including the urban U.S. Northeast, India, and Israel. Because of the nature of the Kaddish tradition, each woman self-identifies as Jewish, but together the women range from Orthodox to Conservative to Reform and even nonpracticing. They have grieved for parents, children, and siblings. Many are comfortable with their roles as active participants in a traditionally male expression, and a few eschew taking that participatory role. In addition to providing a dynamic view of feminism and Judaism, the collection coheres as a community of women experienced in mourning as a human sensibility, opening the titular theme to others who may feel alone in their bereavement.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This collection of 52 articulate essays, edited by Teva Learning Center founder Smart, ostensibly represents a broad sampling of Jewish women's experiences with traditional mourning rituals. Nonetheless, while the contributors include Conservative and Reform women, including two female rabbis, and women from other Orthodox groups, the collection is dominated and framed by modern Orthodox concerns and sensibilities. The struggle of Orthodox women to say Kaddish despite entrenched opposition lies in the conflict between gender equality and Orthodox religious law, where feminism is considered a foreign and potentially threatening force. Paradoxically, while the Kaddish is about submission to God's sovereignty, these women do not submit to the common Orthodox view, which bars public recitation by women. The apparent paradox is resolved in their demonstrations that the struggle is not a feminist cause per se, but does justice to the communal Kaddish as essential to Jewish mourning and honoring the deceased. Kaddish is a religious need, and, as discipline and source of comfort, as crucial for a Jewish woman as it is for a Jewish man. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Kaddish.
Jewish mourning customs.
Women in Judaism.
Feminism -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Publisher Jerusalem :2013
Edition First edition.
Contributors Smart, Michal, 1965- editor.
Ashkenas, Barbara, contributor.
Language English
Description 271 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9789655241501
9655241505
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