Marcia Lee Falk...
is a poet, translator, and Judaic scholar. She 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; and With Teeth in the Earth: Selected Poems of Malka Heifetz Tussman. You can read excerpts from her books at http://www.interbridge.com/marciafalk/books.html. Marcia is also a painter and life member of the Art Students League of New York.
Marcia resides in Berkeley, California, with her spouse, Steve Rood, and their teenage son, Abraham Gilead (Abby). She divides her time between writing, painting, and lecturing. A popular public speaker, she travels widely to college campuses and to various venues in the Jewish community, where her topics range from the love lyrics of the Bible to contemporary Jewish women writers. She also leads congregations in services and rituals from The Book of Blessings.
The Blessing on the Yad Case
Let us restore Shekhinah to her place
in Israel and throughout the world,
and let us infuse all places
with her presence.
— The Book of Blessings by Marcia Falk
Laurel Robinson hand-inscribed this lovely blessing on the wooden box she created to house the beautiful and sensual yad she crafted for the project. Marcia Falk is a poet, translator, and Judaic scholar. Her blessing for the yad is from The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival (Harper, 1996; Beacon, 1999). Copyright © 1996 by Marcia Lee Falk.