In response to “The Power of Women’s Folk Judaism” (Fall 1991), I offer the following story. When I was nine months pregnant with my second child, my firstborn, Aviva, was nearly three and at an age when she loved hearing a story read over and over. Thus it was that I had the opportunity to read her the story of Noah’s ark about a hundred times. Somewhere around the hundredth time I heard the words “for forty days and forty nights” in a way I’d never heard them before. Here I sat, distended beyond recognition, when the subtext of this creation/destruction epic revealed itself.

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