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URJ Books And Music :: Jewish Living :: Finding Words

Finding Words 
ISBN: 978-0-8074-1162-9


Languages: English
Finding Words

Merle Feld

SKU 571500
Weight 0.40 lbs
Price: $17.95


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Merle Feld is an acclaimed poet and playwright whose work has been featured in numerous books, including The Torah: A Women’s Commentary and Mahzor Lev Shalem. As a scholar-in-residence, she has helped clergy and communities across North America use poetry as a powerful means of spiritual expression. Her latest poetry collection, Finding Words, explores the subtle beauty and stark challenges of family, the complexities of adult friendships, the struggle to center a life on what is meaningful and nourishing, and the holiness to be found in ordinary moments. Moving and accessible, Finding Words is a great gift for your friends, family, and congregants. It provides thoughtful content for a unique and powerful adult education program, as well as readings for worship services. The companion study guide features discussion questions to help readers and educators plumb the depths of the poetry and to ponder the Jewish sources and human feelings behind the simple yet powerful words.

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Advance Praise for Merle Feld and Finding Words:

“Merle Feld’s Finding Words is a book of memory and desire, neediness and hopefulness, elegies for loved ones lost, celebration of moments of joy and love, scrupulous self-examination. I am gripped by Feld’s honesty, and by her precise nailing of ‘the little obsessions that sink their teeth in / and mercilessly shake us, impervious / to our whimpering and begging Let me go.’ These poems didn’t let me go, either—they held me captive like the stories of my own life.”

—Alicia Ostriker, author of For the Love of God and The Book of Seventy

“You read Merle Feld’s poems and wonder: Has this woman been alive for a thousand years? How can she know so much, contain so much? How can she continuously pierce my soul with these words she has found?”

—Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author of Kabbalah: A Love Story and I’m God; You’re Not

“These poems pour from the heart…. With wisdom and grace, Merle Feld reports about life from the edges of her senses and intelligence.”

—Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Day After Night

“Merle Feld's Finding Words is really a book about finding people. Her poems are filled with evidence of a caring heart, a great sensitivity to the nuances of personal connections…. This is poetry to be savored, not just read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”

—Rabbi Arthur Green, author of Radical Judaism and Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow


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The Finding Words companion study guide features discussion questions to help readers plumb the depths of the poetry and to ponder the Jewish sources and human feelings behind the simple yet powerful words.  With both thematic study sessions and questions for each poem, this 50-page electronic guide is ideal for both individuals and congregations alike.  Also includes an interview with the poet herself, Merle Feld.

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