Marcia Falk is the author of The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival; The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season; The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible; The Spectacular Difference: Selected Poems of Zelda; With Teeth in the Earth: Selected Poems of Malka Heifetz Tussman; and three books of her own poetry. You can read excerpts from her books on this site. Marcia is also a painter and life member of the Art Students League of New York. You are invited to view some of her artwork in the Art Gallery.
Through the act of blessing, we awaken our appreciation of the world's abiding gifts. In The Book of Blessings, Marcia Falk re-creates Jewish prayer with new blessings, poems, and meditations that focus on the sacred potential of each moment. Steeped in dialogue with rabbinic tradition—engaging with its themes and concerns, echoing its rhythms, tracing its structure and its patterns—The Book of Blessings challenges from within the tradition's patriarchal assumptions and hierarchical order. Including a panoply of voices—not just Falk's but those of Yiddish and Hebrew women poets, newly translated by Falk into English—The Book of Blessings invites us to celebrate "the dynamic, alive, and unifying wholeness within creation.” Its offerings are in Hebrew and English, with literal translations and explanations in the full-length commentary.
October 18, 2017
7-8:30 PM (followed by reception and book signing, 8:30-9:15 PM)
Black Ink and White Space: Poetry as Prayer
A conversation between Rabbi David Ingber and Marcia Falk about prayer, inclusivity, and the role poetry can play in deepening our prayer experience
ROMEMU, 165 West 105 St., New York, NY
$20 Members / $25 Non-members / $10 Students (Register and pay here)
October 19, 2017
1 PM Eastern time / 10 AM Pacific time
Liturgical Creativity Webinar (Free registration required)
Join critically acclaimed author Marcia Falk and Publisher of CCAR Press, Rabbi Hara Person, for a conversation about breathing new life into the liturgical traditions of old. How can we use the language of our ancestors to reflect upon the experience of our people today? Tune in to learn more about the groundbreaking creative liturgy that continues to give voice to the voiceless and language to all who want to sing a new song to God.
October 19, 2017
Publisher's Launch Party for The Book of Blessings, which will include a reading by Marcia
Hebrew Union College, Brookdale Center, One West 4th St., New York, NY
Free and open to the public
November 6, 2017
International Lounge/Usdan Student Center
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Marcia will be speaking about her work creating new liturgy and reading from her acclaimed books The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival and The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.
November 7, 2017
12 PM Eastern time / 9 AM Pacific time
Conversations with Extraordinary Women Webinar (Free registration required)
Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, S.J.D, Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, will interview Marcia.
December 10, 2017
Event honoring Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk, on the 40th anniversaries of their books Honey from the Rock (Kushner) and The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics from the Bible (Falk)
Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA
Free and open to the public
In honor of the High Holidays, Brandeis University Press is offering a 35% discount on The Days Between, good until Oct. 20. Simply order it here and use discount code WW91 when you check out.
The Jewish High Holidays—the ten-day span 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. The Days Between is for those seeking to connect more deeply with their Judaism during these holy days, and for all readers in search of a contemplative approach to the themes of the fall season. In it, poet and scholar Marcia Falk re-creates the holidays’ key prayers and rituals from an inclusive, nonpatriarchal perspective. The Days Between offers poetic re-creations of the traditional liturgy for worshipers who find the traditional, patriarchal imagery unwelcoming or unsatisying, and for all readers looking for meaningful alternatives or supplements. As in The Book of Blessings, offerings in The Days Between are in both Hebrew and English.
Forthcoming this fall:
Illuminated Blessings and Poems
Limited-edition book combining Marcia's paintings and writings
© Marcia Lee Falk.
Web site by interbridge. Photo of Marcia by Cathleen Maclearie.