Lifecycles Volume 1: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life


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Jewish Lights Publishing
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6.05 X 8.94 X 1.42 inches | 1.53 pounds

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About the Author

Rabbi Debra Orenstein is an acclaimed teacher, speaker and scholar-in-residence. Before repatriating back to New Jersey in 2010 to become spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Israel in Emerson, she spent twenty years as an instructor at the American Jewish University and a pulpit rabbi in Los Angeles. Rabbi Orenstein is the author and editor of five books, including Lifecycles 1: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones and Lifecycles 2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life (both Jewish Lights). A seventh generation rabbi, she is also an alumna of the first entering class to include women at The Jewish Theological Seminary. For downloadable teachings and scholar-in-residence information, please visit

Rabbi Debra Orenstein is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Finding (More) Meaning in Jewish Ritual and Practice
  • Unfolding Adventures in Lifecycle, Spirituality and Gender
  • Reading the Bible with New Eyes: Feminist Interpretation
  • Ways in to Jewish Spirituality
  • Raising Spiritually Fulfilled Children: Generation Mentsch


"An invaluable resource for women who want to connect Jewish feminism to the actual occasions of their lives."
--Judith Plaskow, author of Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective

"Nothing is missing from this marvelous collection. You will turn to it for rituals and inspiration, prayer and poetry, comfort and community. Lifecycles is a gift to the Jewish woman in America."
--Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America

"This compendium is wonderful, useful, and necessary as a companion in one's life."
--E.M. Broner, author of A Weave of Women and The Telling

"A wonderful book of Jewish wisdom that weaves together women's personal experiences and traditional sources to reflect upon, and create rituals for, life's passages. Essential reading for all who seek to infuse their life with Jewish meaning."
--Paula E. Hyman, Lucy Moss Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University