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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774693.001.0001

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Chava Weissler

Chava Weissler

Voices of the Matriarchs: Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women

Chava Weissler
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 14

Norma Baumel Joseph

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Chava Weissler's book on the personal devotional prayers of early modern Jewish women, Voices of the Matriarchs. Blending previously published articles, new material, and important methodological insights, this book brings to the reader a fully developed picture of the context, concerns, and religious lives of a previously invisible group. It also raises serious questions regarding our ability to know about and understand the past. The chapter shows how the author is candid about her own purposes, reservations, loyalties, and aspirations. Throughout the book, the author presents distinct texts, often several concerning the same function, in order to portray the variety of religious personalities exposed in these Yiddish prayers.

Keywords:   book review, Voices of the Matriarchs, Chava Weissler, Yiddish prayers, devotional prayers, early modern Jewish women, religious personalities

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