A powerful—and empowering—gathering of women’s voices transmitting
Judaism’s Passover legacy to the next generation.
The Women’s Passover Companion offers an in-depth examination of women’s relationships to Passover as well as the roots and meanings of women’s seders. This groundbreaking collection captures the voices of Jewish women—rabbis, scholars, activists, political leaders and artists—who engage in a provocative conversation about the themes of the Exodus and exile, oppression and liberation, history and memory, as they relate to contemporary women’s lives.
Whether seeking new insights into the text and traditions of Passover or learning about women’s seders for the first time, both women and men will find this collection an inspiring introduction to the Passover season and an eye-opening exploration of questions central to Jewish women, to Passover and to Judaism itself.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||2.36(w) x 3.54(h) x 1.08(d)|
About the Author
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller, is the awardwinning author of God's Paintbrush, In God's Name, God In Between and many other inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband, Dennis, were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation—Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis. They have two children, David and Debora, and three grandchildren. Sasso, who holds a doctorate in ministry, is active in the interfaith community, and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is available to speak on the following topics:
- Nurturing the Spiritual Imagination of Children
- Tell Me a Story: Reading the Bible and the Religious Imagination of Children
- Filling in the Blanks: How Women Read the Bible
- Women and Judaism: A Personal Journey
- Midrash as a Tool for Spiritual Reflection
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Rabbi Margaret Moers Wenig, DD, teaches liturgy and homiletics at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and is rabbi emerita of Beth Am, The People's Temple. She contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef, All These Vows—Kol Nidre, and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet (all Jewish Lights).
Table of Contents
Foreword, Paula E. Hyman xi Preface xvii Acknowledgments xxi Introduction xxv Part 1: Why Women's Seders? 1 For Women Only 4 Esther Broner The Continuing Value of Separatism 9 Judith Plaskow Creating the Ma’yan Women’s Seder: Balancing Comfort, Challenge, and Community 14 Tamara Cohen and Erika Katske Miriam and Our Dance of Freedom: Seder in Prison 22 Judith Clark Every Voice Matters: Community and Dialogue at a Women’s Seder 26 Catherine Spector God’s Redemption: Memory and Gender on Passover 32 Norma Baumel Joseph An Embrace of Tradition 38 Tara Mohr Part 2: Reclaiming and Re-creating Passover Rituals for Women 45 Thoughts on Cleaning for Pesach 49 Haviva Ner-David We Can’t Be Free Until All Women Are Important 54 Leah Shakdiel Setting a Cup for Miriam 59 Vanessa L. Ochs The Celebration of Challenge: Reclaiming the Four Children 65 Leora Eisenstadt Orange on the Seder Plate 70 Susannah Heschel The Open Door: The Tale of Idit and the Passover Paradox 78 Sandy Eisenberg Sasso A New Song for a Different Night: Sephardic Women’s Musical Repertoire 84 Judith Wachs I Will Be with You: The Divine Presence on Passover 99 Carol Ochs Part 3: Women of Exodus 105 Shiru l’Adonai: Widening the Circle of Memory and History 108 Judith Rosenbaum Miriam’s Leadership: A Reconstruction 113 Lori Lefkovitz Their Lives a Page Plucked from a Holy Book 119 Margaret Moers Wenig With Strong Hands and Outstretched Arms 128 Sharon Cohen Anisfeld The Secret of Redemption: A Tale of Mirrors 135 Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg "Fixing" Liberation, or How Rebecca Initiates the Passover Seder 142 Bonna Devora Haberman }Part 4: Telling Our Stories 149 A Story for the Second Night of Passover 153 Ruth Behar Jephthah’s Daughter: A Feminist Midrash 159 Letty Cottin Pogrebin Memory and Revolution 165 Dianne Cohler-Esses Leaving on Purpose: The Questions of Women’s Tefillah 171 Chavi Karkowsky Of Nursing, in the Desert 177 Janna Kaplan On Matzah, Questions, and Becoming a Nation 182 Leah Haber God’s Bride on Pesach 188 Kim Chernin The Matzah Set-Up 196 Jenya Zolot-Gassko Women Re-creating the Passover Seder: Bella Rosenfeld Chagall and the Resonance of Female Memory 202 Judith R. Baskin Part 5: Visions and Challenges for the Future 209 Sanctified by Ritual 213 Phyllis Chesler Reflections on the Feminist Seder as an Entry Point into Jewish Life 220 Lilly Rivlin Placing Our Bettes: Keepin’ It Real at the Seder Table 225 Ophira Edut Pluralism in Feminist Settings 229 Martha Ackelsberg Conflict and Community: The Common Ground of Judaism and Feminism 235 Ruth Kaplan What Now? After the Exodus, the Wilderness 240 Sharon Kleinbaum Letting Pharaoh Go: A Biblical Study of Internalized Oppression 246 Ela Thier Reflections on Exodus in Light of Palestinian Suffering 251 Lynn Gottlieb Walking the Way as Women 256 Merle Feld Notes 263 Glossary 283 Bibliography 293 Index 297 About Jewish Lights 307