The groundbreaking volume The Torah: A Women's Commentary, published by URJ Press and Women of Reform Judaism, has been awarded the top prize in the oldest Jewish literary award program, the 2008 National Jewish Book Awards.
This import work is the result of 14 years of planning, research, and fundraising.
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THE HISTORY: At the 39th Women of Reform Judaism Assembly in San Francisco, Cantor Sarah Sager challenged Women of Reform Judaism delegates to "imagine women feeling permitted, for the first time, feeling able, feeling legitimate in their study of Torah." WRJ accepted that challenge. The Torah: A Women's Commentary was introduced at the Union for Reform Judaism 69th Biennial Convention in San Diego in December 2007.
WRJ has commissioned the work of the world's leading Jewish female Bible scholars, rabbis, historians, philosophers and archaeologists. Their collective efforts resulted in the first comprehensive commentary, authored only by women, on the Five Books of Moses, including individual Torah portions as well as the Hebrew and English translation.
The Torah: A Women's Commentary gives dimension to the women's voices in our tradition. Under Editor Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi's skillful leadership, this commentary provides insight and inspiration for all who study Torah: men and women, Jew and non-Jew. As Dr. Eskenazi has eloquently stated, "we want to bring the women of the Torah from the shadow into the limelight, from their silences into speech, from the margins to which they have often been relegated to the center of the page - for their sake, for our sake and for our children's sake."
New in 2005, this Revised Edition brings contemporary values and a fresh vibrancy to the 1981 Plaut edition, North America's longtime most popular Torah commentary.
Now divided by parashiyot
Aliyot markers included in each parashah Haftarah follows each parashah Side-by-side English and Hebrew translation Gender-sensitive Clearer type, vowels, and cantillation marks
This travel edition of The Torah: A Modern Commentary includes the full text of the revised edition in a size that is easy to transport. The reinforced binding and smaller size makes it useful for students and ideal for traveling.
Art of Cantillation, Vol. 2: A Step-by-Step Guide to Chanting Haftarot and M'gilot
Something to sing about: The greatly anticipated follow-up to the best-selling The Art of Torah Cantillation is HERE!
The Art of Cantillation, Volume 2, leads the novice through each step of learning how to chant the weekly Haftarah portions. The volume is divided into 13 lessons, with additional useful appendices and bibliography, allowing the reader to "self-teach" the important principles of the cantillation of the Nach (Prophets' and Writings') texts.
The only prerequisite for this course of learning is a basic ability to read Hebrew and a willingness to learn!
Provides step-by-step exercises and instructions
Includes 2 audio CD's of recordings that correspond with written exercises
Includes both male and female voices on recording
Includes glossary, list of parashiyot with their assigned haftarot, the 5 m'gilot chanted on the festivals, and more!
Gift of Prayer, A: The Spirituality of Jewish Women
What are the prayers that women pray, the meditations of their hearts? Women of Reform Judaism, The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, has collected the writings of its members and of women rabbis to create this gift book of personal prayers, poetry, reflections and meditations for every occasion in a woman"s life. A Gift of Prayer speaks to women of all faiths, celebrating life"s joys and offering the comfort needed to endure the struggles and crises we all face.
In A Gift of Prayer, women share their hopes and doubts with us-and with God. They grope for understanding, rejoice at the birth of a grandchild, remember seeing a loved one for the last time, or say a blessing upon seeing a rainbow. Their writings are accompanied by the work of Jewish artists on the theme of prayer-prayer inspired by nature, by ritual or by awe of the Divine. The result is a gift of words and art for every woman.
Thirty-eight prayers, poems and meditations
Accompanied by the artwork of many gifted contemporary artists