mourner's Kaddish

Kaddish, From A Woman’s Perspective

Getting feminine voices into the discussion on mourning.

03/11/2014
Culture Editor
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In many a shiva house, books of consolation and Jewish ritual are as ubiquitous as archival photos and cellophane-wrapped platters of food. You’re likely to find Leon Wieseltier’s “Kaddish,” Rabbi Maurice Lamm’s “The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning” and perhaps Rabbi Richard Hirsh’s “The Journey of Mourning.” A new book by Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas, “Kaddish, Women’s Voices” (Urim) belongs on the table.

“Kaddish: Women’s Voices” was recently awarded a 2013 National Jewish Book Award in Contemporary Jewish Life.  Courtesy of Urim

Women's Right To Say Kaddish In Question At Kotel

Confronted by Sharansky, rabbi says arrests won't happen -- but police say rabbi has no authority.

04/05/2013
Staff Writer

Women who want to say the Mourner’s Kaddish at the Western Wall were threatened with arrest in a recent letter from the Israeli police to a women’s rights group, but both Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky and Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who runs the government body that oversees holy sites like the wall, say it will not happen.

In February, 10 women were arrested after morning prayers at the Western Wall. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall

The Long Kaddish

I did something unusual last Shabbat at the conclusion of davening. I sat down.

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