Women Leading Prayers—in the 16th Century

Since at this season many of us spend more time in synagogue or temple than at any other, it’s a good time to remember our precursors in prayer. Here is a brief history of women’s special role in synagogue, from The JPS Guide To Jewish Women 600 B.C.E.-I900 C.E. by Emily Taitz, Sondra Henry & Cheryl Tallan (Jewish Publication Society, 2003):

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