Marcia Falk is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival; 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, This Year in Jerusalem, It Is July in Virginia, and My Son Likes Weather. 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.
An elegantly designed volume of new English and Hebrew prayers and reflections for the High Holidays
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 recreates 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 Holidays as “ten days of striving to keep the heart open to change.” Read more about The Days Between.
“The Days Between is Marcia Falk's long-awaited sequel to her path-breaking Book of Blessings. Since that book appeared, Falk has lost nothing of her precious poetic gifts—she remains an outstanding lyrical interpreter of Jewish liturgy. These translations and interpretations for the High Holy Day season show deep empathy for the human condition, lofty aspirations for what that condition can accomplish, and intense regard for Jewish tradition—not just reiterated, but revised and reassembled for today.”
—Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, Hebrew Union College
Speaking Engagements in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and Massachusetts:
Sunday, Sept. 7
Marcia Falk reading with poet Steven Rood
Diesel, A Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Wheelchair accessible; request ASL interpreters one week in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org.
“New Blessings for the Season of Renewal”
Marcia will read from and speak about her new book, The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, at the following places in Massachusetts:
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Temple B'nai Abraham
200 East Lothrop St.
Marcia will speak as part of a pre-Rosh Hashanah program for women.
No charge, but register in advance by Sept. 3 to Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or email email@example.com. Free books for all participants!
Saturday, Sept. 13
Temple Beth El
979 Dickinson St.
Speaking after the Shabbat Oneg (approx. 1 PM)
Sunday, Sept. 14
"Breakfast and Books" series
Temple Beth Zion
566 Beacon St.
Thursday, Sept. 18
Reading and party
1414 Walnut Street
Saturday, Sept. 20
Temple Beth El
2675 Central Avenue
Sunday, Sept. 21
Congregation Emanu El
1495 Ford Street
Wednesday, Oct. 1
University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way
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