- Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
- Hardcover: 260 pages
- Publisher: Brandeis; Bilingual Hebrew-English ed. edition (August 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611686059
- ISBN-13: 978-1611686050
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season (HBI Series on Jewish Women) Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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“Marcia Falk is a vital voice for our times. Her brilliant work is bound to touch your heart, open your mind, and bring a new sense of the ancient power of the High Holidays. She seamlessly weaves a poet’s gift of words that open inner vistas, a liturgist’s capacity to speak to the universal, a scholar’s insight into Jewish traditions and texts, and a contemporary feminist’s fresh eyes for her task. This book is a wonderful companion for the Ten Days of t’shuvah.” (Rabbi David Teutsch, director of the Center for Jewish Ethics at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College)
“Marcia Falk has captured the essence of our ten Holiest Days―a journey from reflection to renewal to resolve. Her exquisite poetry and prayer will speak to the contemporary seeker looking for language that opens the heart and soul. Not just American Jews but the many Israelis who are estranged from traditional Hebrew prayer will be drawn into this inviting, wonderfully usable guide and precious companion for the very days that cry for a new rite of passage.” (Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem)
“The Days Between is Marcia Falk’s long-awaited sequel to her pathbreaking Book of Blessings. Since that book appeared, Falk has lost nothing of her precious poetic gifts―she remains an outstanding lyrical interpreter of Jewish liturgy. These translations and interpretations for the High Holiday season show deep empathy for the human condition, lofty aspirations for what that condition can accomplish, and intense regard for Jewish tradition―not just reiterated, but revised and reassembled for today.” (Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, professor of liturgy, worship and ritual, Hebrew Union College)
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For those looking for a traditional machzor, Falk’s work is not for you. She makes a point of not only failing to anthropomorphize God, but even mentioning an entity called God at all.
Rather, Falk tries to evoke a sense of sacredness in everyday items, things, ideas, and in the process, give the person using her machzor a sense of an all-encompassing divinity not confined to one time, one place, one notion, or one angle of belief. Even, in a deep sense, trying to destroy the idea that something called 'God' and the 'World' and its seemingly multifarious 'objects' are separate at all.
This is a tall order, and this book sometimes succeeds in this grand mission and sometimes fails. The Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur prayer books are filled with majestic images, invocations on the fleeting nature of life and the inevitability of death, all presided over by an all-powerful King God who judges the world. Like it or not, something about those themes pulls many non-religious Jews into temple on the High Holidays (and to be fair, keeps many away!)
Falk’s work is a brave attempt, but it falls short of the show stopping opulence which most Jewish people expect at the High Holidays. Although I agree with the ideology behind her work, I don’t think she quite reaches the mark she sets for herself, or that is expected during the High Holidays.
But if the book is a failure, it is a wonderful failure. The Days Between certainly stands as a powerful counterpoint to Jewish traditions at this time of year, departing from well-worn tracks in liturgy and theology, while retaining a broadly defined Jewish sense.
A beautiful book to read and ponder on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the days in between.
Heartfelt, imaginative, soulful. Yasher Kochaych Marcia Falk, we are truly indebted to you and humbled by your gifts!!