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Prayer

Deborah Brin

Deborah Brin, one of the first openly gay rabbis, led the first prayer service for Women of the Wall at the Conference for the Empowerment of Jewish Women in 1988.

Debbie Friedman with Her Guitar

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Singer, songwriter, composer, professor, and educator, Debbie Friedman (1951–2011) with her guitar.

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Singer, songwriter, composer, professor, and educator, Debbie Friedman (1951–2011) with her guitar.

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May You Be Blessed In All That You Are

Each Shabbat my parents bless me with the words, “Be who you are and may you be blessed in all that you are.” These words have been embedded in my mind as my family’s traditional blessing, signifying the start of Shabbat.  While other families bless their children saying, “May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah,” this alternative prayer has been our way of welcoming the Sabbath for as long as I can remember. 

Marcia Falk

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Marcia Falk.
Photograph by Stephen Damon, courtesy of Marcia Falk.
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Marcia Falk.

Photograph by Stephen Damon, courtesy of Marcia Falk.

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Girl with Tefillin at Kotel

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A young girl places her tefillin at the Western Wall, Jerusalem.
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A young girl places her tefillin at the Western Wall, Jerusalem.

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Mathilde Schechter

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Mathilde Schechter.
Courtesy of CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism.
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Mathilde Schechter.

Courtesy of CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism.

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Rivka Haut

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Rivka Haut.
Courtesy of Tamara Weissman
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Rivka Haut.

Courtesy of Tamara Weissman

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Rivka Haut

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Orthodox feminist activist Rivka Haut.
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Orthodox feminist activist Rivka Haut.

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Rivka Haut, 1942 - 2014

I came to know Rivka over forty years ago, through the learned book that her husband, Rabbi Irwin Haut, wrote about the agunah problem. Whether she influenced him to write or whether his work inducted her into the world of agunah activism, I do not know, but she became increasingly passionate about helping agunot, hands on as well as dealing with the theoretical-halakhic issues.

Penina Moïse

Penina Moïse shaped Jewish culture through her poetry as the first woman poet included in an American prayer book.

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