Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones (Lifecycles, Vol 1)

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in personal ritual and spirituality, as well as an exciting expansion of women's participation and leadership in Jewish life. The three volumes of Lifecycles bring together over 100 leading thinkers to create the first comprehensive work on Jewish lifecycle that features women’s perspectives.

In a style that is perceptive, insightful and personal, Lifecycles, V. 1 covers the spectrum of life’s passages and personal milestones: Childbirth, Conversion, Marriage, Singlehood, Coming Out, Mid-Life, Divorce, Aging, and more. Included are personal narratives, traditional concepts, new approaches, practical insights, and rituals and ceremonies to study and use. The contributors explore tradition and innovation with passion and self-awareness, expressing the way Jewish women see—and affect—the world.

Introductions by Rabbi Debra Orenstein provide readers with a broader context for the ideas shared in each section. Complete with an afterword guide to creating rituals, this landmark volume gives women a resource for recognizing and marking their own life passages and personal milestones.