Beside Still Waters: A Journey of Comfort and Renewal is a book for mourners, for those who will someday become mourners, and for those anticipating their own journey out of this life. It offers liturgy both classical and contemporary for different stages along the mourner’s path, from prayers for healing (even when “cure” may be out of reach) and prayers to recite before dying, to prayers for every stage of mourning: from aninut (the time between death and burial), to shiva (the first week of mourning), to shloshim (the first month), the culmination of the first year, yahrzeit (death-anniversary) and yizkor (times of remembrance).
This volume features traditional words alongside renewed and renewing interpretations and variations. It contains complete liturgies for shiva (mincha / afternoon or ma’ariv / evening prayer) accompanied by resonant new translations, evocative readings, and complete transliteration for ease of use by all. It also contains prayers for a variety of spiritually difficult circumstances (miscarriage, stillbirth, suicide, when there is no grave to visit, mourning an abusive relationship, and more.)
Edited in the trans-denominational spirit of Jewish renewal, Beside Still Waters was designed to be used both across and beyond the denominational spectrum. Its contributors include a variety of writers, artists, rabbis, and spiritual directors with deep experience in crafting meaningful Jewish liturgies. (See the evolving contributor list below.)
Beside Still Waters will be published as a collaboration between Bayit: Your Jewish Home and Ben Yehuda Press.
The volume is dedicated to Rabbi Dr. Shohama Harris Wiener. Read the dedication online here. If you’d like to donate in honor of Rabbi Shohama toward the publication of this volume, you can donate to The Jewish Studio; please earmark your donation for Bayit.
Includes work by: Trisha Arlin, Helene Armet, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Alla Renée Bozarth, Debra Cash, Rabbi Eli Cohen, Rabbi David J. Cooper, Cate Denial, Rabbi Lewis Eron, Shir Yaakov Feit, Lev Friedman, Rabbi Chaya Gusfield, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Rabbi Cynthia Hoffman, Rabbi Burt Jacobson, Alison Jordan, Rodger Kamenetz, Anna Belle Kaufman, Irwin Keller, Rabbi Evan Krame, Rabbi Janet Madden, Rabbi David Markus, Rabbi Jay Michaelson, Mark Nazimova, Amy Grossblatt Pessah, Faith Rogow, Rabbi Brant Rosen, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Kohenet Taya Shere, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, Soferet Julie Seltzer, Rabbi Jennifer Singer, Maxine Silverman, Devon Spier, Jacqui Shine, Elliott bat Tzedek, Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener, Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank z”l.