by Susan Schnur

An Interview with Marcia Falk

Reshaping Prayer

Feminists have, for years, skirred gingerly around the edges of Jewish prayer, changing a word here (“forefathers” to “and fore mothers”), a word there (“Lord” to “Shekhina”), but otherwise leaving the traditional texts intact. More recently, some feminists have abandoned the traditional prayers altogether, creating new ones from scratch or borrowing from non-Jewish sources. Marcia Falk, however, chooses neither of these approaches. Rather, she roundly takes the patriarchal liturgy by the trunk, shakes off its dirt, prunes it violently and lovingly back, does the necessary grafts, and, in the re-planting, she creates — magically — entire new species. She is both radical and conservation minded; courageous and ecological.

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