by Rachel M. Minkin
Lehrer, Alice Becker. If We Could Hear Them Now: Encounters with Legendary Jewish Heroines. Jerusalem; New York: Urim Publications, 2009. 176 p. $19.95 (ISBN 978-9-65524-031-3).
Those of you who are looking for feminist literary or historical criticism can look elsewhere. However, if you are interested in fictionalized interviews of Jewish biblical and historical heroines, read on. Ms. Lehrer tells the stories of biblical and historical heroines in the first person, that is, she presents the women’s responses to her questions as if they are in the room. Ms. Lehrer does not “interview” only biblical women; she adds historical depth with women such as Rashi’s daughters and Henrietta Szold. The combination may spark readers’ interest enough to further research. Recommended for synagogue libraries, particularly those with young adult collections, as well as for religious school libraries.