The Days Between
Blessings, Poems and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season
Author: Marcia Falk
Series: HBI Series on Jewish Women
The Jewish High Holy Days — the 10 days beginning with the New Year Festival of Rosh Hashanah and culminating with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement — constitute the most sacred period of the Jewish year. During this season, religious as well as nonaffiliated Jews attend synagogue services in unparalleled numbers. Yet much of what they find there can be unwelcoming in its patriarchal imagery, leaving many worshipers unsatisfied. For those seeking to connect more deeply with their Judaism, and for all readers in search of a contemplative approach to the themes of the fall season, poet and scholar Marcia Falk re-creates the holidays’ key prayers and rituals from an inclusive perspective. Among the offerings in “The Days Between” are Hebrew and English blessings for festive meals, prayers for synagogue services, and poems and meditations for quiet reflection. Emphasizing introspection as well as relationship to others, Falk evokes her vision of the High Holy Days as “10 days of striving to keep the heart open to change.” Accessible and welcoming to modern readers, “The Days Between” is steeped in traditional sources and grounded in liturgical and biblical scholarship. It will serve as a meaningful alternative or supplement to the traditional liturgy for individuals, families, synagogues and communities small and large — that is, for all who seek fresh meaning in the High Holy Days.