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Fanny Neuda, little known today, was the daughter of a rabbi left widowed by the death of her reform-minded rabbi husband in the mid-19th century. Following in the tradition of tkhines(women's prayers-see Seyder Tkhines: The Forgotten Book of Common Prayer for Jewish Women), author and editor Berland (contributor, Nice Jewish Girls: Growing Up in America) has selected prayers from Neuda's volume and adapted them into a kind of loose English free verse. Neuda's prayers are a wonderful discovery for modern audiences and should appeal to historians of Jewish life as well as to women of all faiths. Berland's introduction touchingly weaves her discovery of Neuda into her own life. For most collections.