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Conversations With G-d - Prayers for Jewish Women by Ruchi Koval
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In Hebrew, Jewish prayer is called Avodas HaLev, literally, the "work of the heart." Writer and teacher Ruchi Koval has given Jewish women a gift with her book, Conversations with God: Prayers for Jewish Women, which takes readers by the hand and explains the basic concepts of the daily prayers, Shabbat prayers, and prayers for various circumstances, such as on the day of a child's bar or bat mitzvah, or a prayer when raising a special needs child.

This is not a complete prayer book (siddur) and she acknowledges that her translations have taken some liberties in order to convey the meaning and potential of these prayers to modern sensibilities. Having encountered many women who struggle with Jewish prayer, either because the translations seem arcane and/or because there are simply so many of them to be said each day, Koval decided to answer their need (and at times, she admits, her own) for a more accessible "translation" for the prayers' literal meanings. Making prayer an easier, more understandable practice also encourages us to stay in conversation with God, a conversation that can offer us strength and hope during challenging times.

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