jnswww.jns.org Kaddish, Women’s Voices’ depicts struggle between modernity and modern Orthodoxy
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Rabbi Norman Lamm once said that when modernity fights with the liberal movements in Judaism, it is not a fair fight because modernity always win, and that when modernity fights with the right wing of Orthodoxy, it is not a fair fight because the right wing always wins. “Kaddish, Women’s Voices” is a book in which modernity fights with modern Orthodoxy, and the results are fascinating…MORE

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This collection of 52 articulate essays, edited by Teva Learning Center founder Smart, ostensibly represents a broad sampling of Jewish women’s experiences with traditional mourning rituals. Nonetheless, while the contributors include Conservative and Reform women, including two female rabbis, and women from other Orthodox groups, the collection is dominated and framed by modern Orthodox concerns and sensibilities…MORE

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A Mother’s Kaddish: Mourning for My Son, From the Women’s Section


It is hard to believe that it is four years since Nathaniel’s passing. I still feel his presence throughout the day and miss his warm, smiling face and upbeat outlook. The name Nathaniel means “gift of God,” and that is what he was. He woke up almost every day with a smile, eager to greet the world. An optimist by nature, the words “no” or “can’t” were not a part of his vocabulary….MORE

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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…MORE

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STAMFORD – Some of the most thoughtful ideas emerge from the most difficult experiences. Barbara Ashkenas was mourning the loss of her mother in 2007 when a question began to emerge: How does reciting Kaddish differ for women? Seven years later, the book she co-edited with fellow Stamford resident Michal Smart struck a national chord when it was selected for a National Jewish Book Award in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice….MORE

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Six years ago, Barbara Ashkenas, a Jewish art educator from Connecticut, was faced with an indescribable loss when both her mother and brother died the same year. Ashkenas made the decision to say Kaddish—the Jewish traditional mourning prayer for a deceased relative. Male congregants in the Orthodox community typically narrate the prayer. As she browsed Jewish literature on the spiritual and practical meaning behind the prayer, Ashkenas noticed there was little, if any, information written by women…..MORE

www.jewcy.com Heartbreaking, Influential Moment: Rachel Fraenkel Says Kaddish For Son Naftali


Amidst the tragic events unfolding in Israel, an important moment transpired in the Orthodox Jewish community: Rachel Fraenkel recited the mourner’s Kaddish at the funeral of her murdered son, Naftali, and the numerous male attendees—including the Israel’s chief rabbi, David Lau—responded “amen.”…..MORE

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And then the master of ceremonies announced: “Kaddish.” The thousands of people in attendance and tens of thousands of viewers at home looked at the bereaved father, Avi Fraenkel, expecting him to stand up and walk to the microphone and recite the Kaddish prayer for his murdered son. But then they saw his living son stand up with him, and his wife too.
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Although the kaddish prayer is popularly associated with death, the text itself never mentions bereavement.
Instead, it is a call to sanctify God’s name – “May His great name by magnified and sanctified” – with the respondents proclaiming, “May His great name be blessed, forever and ever” (Sifri Devarim 306).
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The murder of the three boys will be engraved deeply in our memory for many reasons. The most obvious of them are connected to security and politics, and perhaps to the social aspects of the saga as well. But the funeral ceremonies also included a seminal moment from a religious perspective, a personal moment with far-reaching public significance…..MORE