marcia falkMarcia 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.

The Book of Blessings by Marcia FalkNow Available from CCAR Press!
The Book of Blessings:
20th-Anniversary Edition

New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival

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.

Read more about The Book of Blessings

Watch video of some of Marcia's recent talks

Upcoming Events:

November 17, 2017
6:30 PM (5:45 PM Shabbat Oneg)
Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner with Marcia Falk
Beth Emet, Evanston, IL
Marcia will deliver the D’var Torah and engage in discussion during dinner. More information about this event, including how to RSVP, is available here.
$16 per adult, and $10 per child (age 5-12).
Books will be for sale at the event.

November 18, 2017
10:45 AM
Shabbat Morning Services with Marcia Falk
North Shore Congregation Israel, Glencoe, IL
Marcia will read from and engage in discussion of The Book of Blessings and The Days Between. The event will be held in the Rebecca K. Crown Social Hall.
Books will be for sale at the event.

November 19, 2017
10 AM
"Reconstructing, Reforming, and Conserving our Liturgy": A Conversation with Dr. Marcia Falk, Rabbi Andrea London, and You
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC), Evanston, IL
Everyone is welcome to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the beginning of the Jewish month, together with One Jewish Evanston, a consortium of six Evanston communities that span the spectrum of Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Orthodox, and unaffiliated Jews. The program will feature both progressive and traditional Rosh Chodesh morning services, some great learning, and a delicious catered kosher brunch.
Free program with advance registration. To register, please contact Dan Cederbaum at or 847-492-5200.
Books will be for sale at the event.

December 10, 2017
1:30 PM
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

The Days Between by Marcia FalkAlso Available:
The Days Between
Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season

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.

Read more about The Days Between

Forthcoming this fall:
Inner East
Illuminated Blessings and Poems
Limited-edition book combining Marcia's paintings and writings


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Web site by interbridge. Photo of Marcia by Cathleen Maclearie.