Bread and Fire Jewish Women Find God in the Everyday

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Urim Publications

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Bread and Fire is about the everyday lives of Jewish women and the struggles and aspirations, failings and triumphs of their spiritual endeavors. This book asks What does it mean to be a Jewish woman today? What does Jewish tradition offer to modern women who are looking for practical ways to bring spirituality and meaning to their lives and the lives of their loved ones? The women whose writings appear in this book span a wide range of ages, backgrounds, perspectives and professions. In her own way, each one reveals God as an anchoring force in her life from the birthing room to the boardroom, cleaning in the kitchen or scrubbing up for surgery. In places as far apart as Jerusalem, Washington, DC and southern India, these women help us find the sacred within the apparently mundane. Readers will find themselves laughing, crying and gaining reassurance and strength as they come face-to-face with these women -- women just like them -- who are moving forward in the ancient quest to find God in the everyday. Bread and Fire contains moving teachings and honest reflections from more than sixty contributors, including Shoshana S. Cardin, Elizabeth Ehrlich, Ruchama King Feuerman, Tamar Frankiel, Susan Handelman, Francesca Lunzer-Kritz, Sherri Mandell, Rachel Naomi Remen, Liz Rosenberg, Julie Salamon, Sarah Yehudit (Susan) Schneider, Wendy Shalit, Sarah Shapiro, Esther Shkop, and Marian Stoltz-Loike.

Author Biography

Rivkah Slonim is an internationally recognized activist and lecturer who focuses on the intersection of traditional Jewish observance and contemporary life, with a special emphasis on Jewish women. She is the editor of Total Immersion: A Mikvah Anthology and, with her husband, the founder and director of the Chabad House Jewish Student Center at Binghamton University. Liz Rosenberg is a poet, novelist, children’s book author, and book reviewer. She is a professor of English at Binghamton University.

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