Chanah’s Voice: A rabbi wrestles with gender, commandment, and the women’s rituals of baking, bathing, and brightening
In her first book, Life on the Fringes, Haviva Ner-David described her quest to become an Orthodox rabbi, to serve God the same way men traditionally did. Now, Rabbi Ner-David tunes in to an aspect of God she hadn’t heard before, the voice of Chanah.
Chanah, the Biblical mother of Samuel, was considered by tradition to have invented prayer. Her name is also an acronym for the three commandments given to women: Challah, the taking of an offering from baking dough; Niddah, separation during menstruation followed by immersion; and Hadlakat HaNer, lighting the Sabbath candles.
In this spiritual memoir, Rabbi Ner-David explores the spirituality of domestic life while struggling with the strictures of systematized Jewish law. Combining soul-searching honesty and deep Jewish knowledge, Chanah’s Voice is the compelling voice of a new generation of Jewish feminism.
Chanah’s Voice: A rabbi wrestles with gender, commandment, and the women’s rituals of baking, bathing, and brightening by Haviva Ner-David