Medieval Siddur reveals egalitarian prayer

“Blessed are you for not creating me a woman” is a blessing recited every morning by observant Jewish men, originally found in the Talmud.

A fixed part of the morning liturgy, this passage demonstrates the challenges to contemporary men and women presented by the sexist nature of the Traditional text.

The Traditional blessing for women, “Blessed are you for creating me as you wished,” tacitly reinforces the traditional male blessing.

A steadily growing cadre of contemporary liturgists has struggled to address the gender inequalities in Jewish tradition.

A well-preserved and rare Siddur from the year 1471, in the collection of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) library, provides a bold alternative.


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