By Sue Elwell,Nancy Fuchs Kreimer
Each essay stocks one piece of its writer's middle, one bankruptcy of expertise as refracted throughout the author's specific Jewish optic. The authors write approximately being daughters, moms, sisters, companions, fanatics, and neighbors. They proportion their studies of parenting, infertility, and abortion. One describes accompanying her younger husband via his life-threatening ailment. one other tells of her daughter's fight with an consuming ailment. nonetheless one other displays on lengthy decline of a mother or father with Alzheimer's.
All those writers strive against with Jewish texts whereas starting to be as rabbis, as feminists, and as interfaith leaders. They open their hearts and minds, telling whilst Jewish culture has helped make that means and, every so often, whilst it has arise empty. the implications are often inspiring, occasionally provocative. Readers will locate new insights into God, into Judaism, and into themselves.
"A wonderful amassing of ladies, a duvet of wealthy, clever voices."
"In those unforgettable chapters, prime American Jewish feminists inform the reality approximately their lives. this is often the 'Torah of your Mothers.' suggested for women and men alike."
--Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis collage
"Here are twenty marvelously articulate, candid, fantastic, thought-provoking responses to the query, how does your religious realizing and perform aid you in instances of problem? they're the voices of latest Jewish girls, however the concerns they deal with are common. . . . This booklet might be a solace to everybody who reads it."
--Sylvia Boorstein, writer of It's more straightforward than You Think
"With tact and knowledge, the authors of this selection of essays, greater than half them rabbis, chronicle their own studies of selections and demanding situations dealing with girls all over the place, addressing every one during the non secular and cultural assets of the Jewish culture, now not prescriptively yet in person voices, every one suggesting discovery or creativity and a course of development. this can be a ebook for all seasons."
--Mary Catherine Bateson, writer of Composing a Life
"These essays superbly show the ability of Jewish culture to encourage and maintain a lifestyles wealthy in which means. but, their profundity transcends the boundaries of Judaism, talking knowledge to readers of various traditions and cultures."
--Mary C. Boys, Union Theological Seminary
"Reaching deep into their clever hearts, those ladies harvest phrases of therapeutic, pleasure, sorrow, rage, and delight--nothing lower than the fullness of life--which they then present to us, their readers. Torah lives anew in every one of those strong echoes, and the insights you discover the following may possibly switch your life."
--Rabbi Brad Artson, American Jewish University
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, who works for the Reform flow as a congregational advisor, edited Lesbian Rabbis (2001) and The Open Door (2002).
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer is the founding director of the dept of Multifaith stories and tasks on the Reconstructionist Rabbinical university. She blogs at www.multifaithworld.org/ and is the writer of Parenting as a religious Journey (1998).
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