Saturday, January 26, 2008

Repost from my Other Blog

Note to self <--Just for the sake of easy read, I am reposting this exerpt from a different blog of mine in the event that I want to expound on it.--->


One thing that I hear in Judaism is that we should all write our own Torah. I have always mulled over that and wondered what it meant. Yes, there are rabbinical translation and interpretations already set for me to read and nod at (some say this means literally finding a sofer and having him write a sefer Torah for them, etc). But I still wonder what other interpretation could there be.

Women have not "written their own Torah" yet. For this reason, there are no formal prayer for being in labor, no formal prayer for when our menstruation comes or when it goes. That may not be a big deal for the non-Jewish world, For a Jew, that is a big deal because it decides when you can be with your husband or not. And, I must add, its pretty exciting when you know you can be together again! A prayer would seem fitting -as we pray about everything else -even just to put an apple in our mouths there is a prayer. There are no formal prayers when three women eat together as there is for Jewish men (these were noted by Chana Henkin, dean of Nishmat Yeshiva -a seminary for girls).

And rightly so!

I don't believe that all the men are sexists animals. I do believe that they felt very very VERY out of place to formulate a formal prayer for events they knew absolutely nothing about!

According to a book I read, Expecting Miracles, a Jewish book about the spiritual side of childbirth, one of the most widely bought book in pre-holocaust Europe was a Yiddish book made by women for women with prayers that they invented for themselves!


Previously I wrote about a saying. About the moon and how it complained to God that she and the sun could not both occupy and rule the sky. You can read that story here.

Well, that moon represented women. Yes, women who was made not from dust -like man- but from living flesh and bone. A very alive person so alive that they can bring forth more life. Like a portal between spiritual and physical! But she was diminished, as the story goes. But listen: God did not diminish the moon!

He simply said, 'okay so diminish yourself, if you think you can't rule side by side with the sun.'.

And as the story goes, It diminished itself. ITSELF. But one day, it will realized that it does need to rule. At least itself if nobody else. LOL. At that time it will blossom again to its full God-given Glory and rule! The story doesn't exactly say what happens to the sun. But that doesn't matter. Because once we begin to see that WE MUST RULE OURSELVES, the sun will take care of itself as it always did.

Anyway, I hope that made sense.


mother in israel said...

There's a very popular Hebrew book called "Tefilot Nashim."

Karen said...

While we are not writing a Torah, or writing strictly for women, my best friend (and writing partner, Jill Gregory) and I are incorporating Torah and Kabbalah and Talmudic tales into our mystical Jewish thrillers.

We're exploring some of our ancient legends and beliefs in fiction and have readers in 20 languages. She and I are thrilled that after many, many books written together and separately, we finally will be published in Hebrew!

The Book of Names, based on the legend of the Lamed Vovniks, came out in hardcover a year ago, and the paperback edition is due out any day. We are finishing our second mystical Jewish thriller, The Illumination and will continue plotting our third.

Or, as my husband calls it when my writing partner and I are struggling to weave all the elements of an exciting plot together and driving ourselves crazy making every piece fit -- we will continue "plotzing" our next novel.

Karen Tintori

Miriam said...

wait a sec, did you write the Lamed Vovniks? I have that book. lol

Ben-Yehudah said...

B"H There are divisions of Tehillim into categories for various occasions.

Childbirth and other times specifically for women (eg. going to the miqwah before a her wedding, Shabbath Kallah, hinah, etc.) maybe are good times for women to be together in their own space, as only other women can fully identify with the experience. This is what I have seen.

Many women have Rosh Hodesh celebrations and get togethers.