- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Phoenicia Publishing (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986690910
- ISBN-13: 978-0986690914
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Rachel Barenblat holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is a Jewish Renewal rabbi, ordained in January of 2011. She is author of four chapbooks of poetry: the skies here (Pecan Grove Press, 1995), What Stays (Bennington Writing Seminars Alumni Chapbook Series, 2002), chaplainbook (Laupe House Press, 2006) and Through, a self-published collection of miscarriage poems (2009.) Since 2003 she has blogged as The Velveteen Rabbi; in 2008, her blog was named one of the top 25 blogs on the internet by TIME. She is perhaps best known for The Velveteen Rabbi’s Haggadah for Pesach, which has been used in homes and synagogues worldwide. Rachel is a contributing editor at Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, among them Phoebe, The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, The Texas Observer, and Confrontation. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization for Transformative Works. She lives in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts with her husband, Ethan Zuckerman, their son Drew, and their creamsicle cat. Find her online at velveteenrabbi.com.
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This is a wonderfully accomplished poet whose always accessible work resounds with the cadences of ancient scripture, of historical English-language forms and of modern poetry with all its playing in and out of form. Steeped in tradition and scholarship, she is in every moment a sophisticated and challenging writer, woman, mother and rabbi for today.
Here are characters and landscapes of old, familiar stories from the books of Moses retold, repainted in startlingly vivid thoughts and images - the flood wreaked by a God with post-partum depression, the looking around for the woman's view, the rueful wondering how these stories might have been less harsh and vengeful, how their harshness might serve now as a lesson in compassion.
It's an amazing and satisfying journey, that will grip readers from many religious traditions or none, who yearn, in these speeding, drifting times of ours, for a way into ancient and enduring songs and stories.