"Dinah Berlan has given us a treasure. Her English rendering of Fanny Neuda's book of prayers for Jewish women is elegant as well as capable of opening hearts. It stirred mine."
--Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, coauthor of Jewish with Feeling
"Berland has been preparing all her life to re-create Fanny Neuda's deeply useful and soulful Hours of Devotion.
She has given us a woman's book of illuminations, a compilation of prayers that moves from suffering to gratitude, a work that sanctifies life."
--Edward Hirsch, author of Lay Back the Darkness
"This rich, spiritually vital collection shines with integrity and wisdom. Contemporary Jewish life as a whole is immeasurably enriched by Berland's graceful restoration of Neuda's prayers--prayers that had long articulated the deep yearnings of Jewish women. A book every Jewish home should have, to be cherished and transmitted from generation to generation."
--Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, editor of Dancing on the Edge of the World
"Hours of Devotion
is, among other splendid things, a book about fate: the fate of these prayers treasured by generations of Jewish women; the intersecting fates of Fanny Neuda and Dinah Berland, who has made the prayers available again; and how fate itself is shaped by prayer, which carries the wisdom of individuals and communities backwards and forwards through time. This is a remarkable book, one that will move the reader both to reflection and to prayer."
--Brigit Pegeen Kelly, author of The Orchard
About the Author
is a poet whose work has appeared in The Antioch Review, Ploughshares,
and The Iowa Review
, among other journals and anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles, where she works as a book editor for the J. Paul Getty Museum. Visit her on the Web at www.dinahberland.com.