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By Merle Feld

ISBN-10: 079147187X

ISBN-13: 9780791471876

ISBN-10: 1435611802

ISBN-13: 9781435611801

Comprises new and up to date fabric, in addition to a readers' advisor with questions for writing and chat groups. The revised version of this cherished vintage incorporates a readers' and writers' advisor to facilitate publication staff conversations and casual grownup schooling, and in addition deals activates for private journaling exploration. Merle Feld's emotionally strong prose and hugely available poetry open the hearts of readers of every age and non secular persuasions who're touring during the cycle of existence and sharing within the look for that means.

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Mostly I was in way over my head—often, subbing in a high school, I would be stopped in the hall by other teachers, mistaken for a student and scolded for being out of class without a pass. Once I had a totally out of control kindergarten class and, at my wit’s end, took them out to the playground for the last half hour of the day. Some of the boys decided that even more fun than trying to kill each other would be to queue up at one wall of the school building, unzip their pants and see who could pee the furthest.

We women organized official and unofficial conferences parallel to the professional meetings taking place in the rooms down the hall; we shared in the birth pangs of Jewish feminism, explored the limits of Jewish law in regard to women and challenged each other’s imaginations to discover how those limits could be stretched, pushed, moved, reexamined. These rebbetzins—Esther Ticktin, Rachel Adler, Ruthie Polak, Mara Poupko, Ann Fisher, Ellie Levine, to name 31 A SPIRITUAL LIFE a few—these were the women who understood my pain at not having a place at the table, who didn’t think I was strange for wanting a place at the table.

I honestly don’t remember if we were counted in the minyan or not. The room was always 23 A SPIRITUAL LIFE full and we didn’t seem ever to need to wait for a minyan. Did the women lead parts of the service? Little or not at all as I recall—it would have been difficult to gather together a more impressive, more intimidating group of men, and we women were either lacking Jewish education, were temperamentally reserved, or both. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who felt awed simply to be in the room.

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