Chapters of the Heart
Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives
Imprint: Cascade Books
"A stunning gathering of women, a quilt of rich, wise voices."
"In these unforgettable chapters, leading American Jewish feminists tell the truth about their lives. This is the 'Torah of your Mothers.' Recommended for men and women alike."
--Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University
"Here are twenty marvelously articulate, candid, brilliant, thought-provoking responses to the question, how does your spiritual understanding and practice support you in times of challenge? They are the voices of contemporary Jewish women, but the issues they address are universal. . . . This book will be a solace to everyone who reads it."
--Sylvia Boorstein, author of It's Easier than You Think
"With tact and wisdom, the authors of this collection of essays, more than half of them rabbis, chronicle their personal experiences of choices and challenges facing women everywhere, addressing each through the spiritual and cultural resources of the Jewish tradition, not prescriptively but in individual voices, each suggesting discovery or creativity and a path of growth. This is a book for all seasons."
--Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Composing a Life
"These essays beautifully express the power of Jewish tradition to inspire and sustain a life rich in meaning. Yet, their profundity transcends the bounds of Judaism, speaking wisdom to readers of diverse traditions and cultures."
--Mary C. Boys, Union Theological Seminary
"Reaching deep into their wise hearts, these women harvest words of healing, joy, sorrow, rage, and delight--nothing less than the fullness of life--which they then gift to us, their readers. Torah lives anew in each of these powerful echoes, and the insights you find here may well change your life."
--Rabbi Brad Artson, American Jewish University
"This book is a beautiful, profound, and deeply touching addition to the body of spiritual writing that heals and reveals ourselves to us in our full humanity. Nothing moves me more than women telling the truth about their real lives--their families, relationships, choices, inspirations, losses, transformation, survival, their histories and their immersion in the now. And these writers are a stunning gathering of women, a quilt of rich, wise voices."
--Anne Lamott, author of Traveling Mercies
"When I put this wonderful and wise book down (having read it straight through), I felt an unusual feeling: stirred up, but contemplatively so. Chapters of the Heart is for anyone who wants to find the holy in the ordinary, for anyone who wants to read the sacred texts of her own life with more attentiveness, more generosity, and more curiosity."
--Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God
"I have long encouraged women to share their journeys toward holiness; Chapters of the Heart brings together a remarkable circle of women who share their Jewish wisdom with insight and humor, taking their place in the tradition of sacred storytelling."
--Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Jewish Renewal Movement
"This marvelous collection reminds me how much I have learned (and am still learning) from my Jewish sisters. Thank you for sharing your stories and wisdom with us."
--Marie M. Fortune, FaithTrust Institute
"This book brings together extraordinary explorers of life who mix truth, courage, wisdom, grace, surprise, delight, and love in a magic alchemy. . . . Read this book and you will be enlightened, enchanted, and enlivened, and you will feel blessed to be living in an era of such teachers."
--Rabbi Irwin Kula, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership