• Women's Prayer for Rain, by Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan

    Remember one who laughed, cascading laugh like water
    Whose way of women You resumed, blood flowing out as water

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  • We Parade Around the Shul: A Prayer for Simchat Torah, by Trisha Arlin

    Tonight it’s Simchat Torah
    So we take off her white covers
    And put on the old ones,
    Gold and blue, embroidered with strangers' names. 
    Then we will dance around the shul.

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  • Shemini Atzeret Rain Feast Ritual, by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches

    Shemini Atzeret follows the holiday of Sukkot and marks the day that we traditionally begin to pray for rain

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  • Women's Torah Reading Song for Simchat Torah

    Rise up, Rise up, Women who love the Torah

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By Mark Frydenberg, Translated by Rabbi Simcha Roth
On Shemini Atzeret, Jews offer a special prayer for rain (it is the beginning of the rainy season in Israel). The traditional version of this prayer refers obliquely to each of the forefathers and their relationship to water; this version highlights the foremothers.   more

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