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Saturday, June 30 • 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Devotions of the Heart: Women’s Prayer Voice

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Now Hannah was praying in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard. (1 Samuel 1:13) Women have continued to pray in distinctive ways throughout Jewish history. The taking of challah, lighting the Shabbat candles, the birth of a child, the death of a soldier-son, marriage, divorce, in prosperity and adversity, these are some of the moments in a woman’s life that call out for prayer. In this session, we will explore a sampling of prayers and devotions written by and for women from medieval times through today and what we know about the women and men who wrote them. Selections will include tkhines written in Yiddish, German poems by Fanny Neuda, prayers from the Italian Jewish and Ladino traditions as well as contemporary Hebrew and English works.

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Abra Greenspan

Abra Greenspan joined Lehrhaus Judaica in August 2012.  She is also the Director of Learning at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto.  Abra has worked in Jewish education for over 30 years, including 12 years as the Director of Youth Education at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco... Read More →

Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm PDT
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