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Chanah's Voice: A Rabbi Wrestles with Gender, Commandment, and the Women's Rituals of Baking, Bathing, and Brightening

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In her first book, "Life on the Fringes," Haviva Ner-David described her quest to become an Orthodox rabbi, to serve God the same way men traditionally did. Now, Rabbi Ner-David tunes in to an aspect of God she hadn't heard before, the voice of Chanah.
Chanah, the Biblical mother of Samuel, was considered by tradition to have invented prayer. Her name is also an acronym fo
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Paperback, 204 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Ben Yehuda Press
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Marjorie Ingall
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Such a thoughtful exploration of "women's work" from an Orthodox feminist perspective. I give major props to Ner-David's authentic wrestling with text, history, sexism and meaning. And I felt humbled as I read: I can be a judgy fuckhead, and I wish I were as open-hearted as Ner-David seems to be. She explores traditional Orthodoxy, fairly radical egalitarian feminism and a lot of space in between. (At one point she sounds like the most traditional challah-baking Erev-Shabbat-sweating matron, and ...more
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I think I placed too high expectations on this book. I hoped Ner David would help me explore some of the issues I grapple with with these mitzvot. Instead, her wrestling with them was entirely in different directions to some of my own wrestling. It wasn't the book I hoped it would be, but was still interesting. I far preferred the more combined scholarly and anecdotal approach of her first book. This book was more personal, but less textual. ...more
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