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  • Dr. Aliza Lavie, Bar-Ilan University's Department of Political Science

    Dr. Aliza Lavie to Receive National Jewish Book Award

    Date: 2009-02-08 Hour: 8:48

    A Jewish Woman's Prayer Book, published by Spiegel & Grau and edited by Dr. Aliza Lavie, of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Political Science, has been selected to receive a coveted National Jewish Book Award (the Barbara Dobkin Award in Women's Studies) from the Jewish Book Council in the United States.

    A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book is a one-of-a-kind collection that draws from a variety of Jewish traditions, through the ages, to commemorate every occasion and every passage in the cycle of life, from the mundane to the extraordinary. The work includes special prayers for the Sabbath and holidays and important dates of the Jewish year; prayers to mark celebratory milestones, such as bat mitzvah, marriage, pregnancy, and childbirth; and prayers for comfort and understanding in times of tragedy and loss. Each prayer, culled from a wide range of sources, both geographically and historically, is presented in Hebrew and in an English translation, along with fascinating commentary on its origins and allusions.
    Dr. Lavie's fields of research include gender, public communications, and the world of feminine Jewish wisdom and knowledge. She is also a presenter and editor of Israeli television programs on Jewish culture, and is active in a number of social initiatives promoting tolerance, equality, and empowerment. She is currently spending a semester as a Research Associate at Brandeis University's Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

    Each year, the National Jewish Book Awards honor some of the best authors in the field of Jewish literature. This year's winners will be honored on March 5 at a gala award ceremony at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

    Dr. Lavie will deliver the keynote address on "Jewish Women's Prayers Are Coming Home!" at a conference sponsored by, among others, the Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, Women of Reform Judaism, and the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. The conference will take place in New York City on March 1.