Saturday, November 06, 2004

'Mitpallelot haNashim'

I'm reading Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe by Elisheva Baumgarten, and came across the following passage:
"Midwifery was one of the most highly regarded female occupations. Consequently, it earns special mention in several different sources. It is one of only two female occupations noted on gravestones, along with women who served as prayer leaders (Mitpallelot haNashim)."
Does anyone know anything about these women?

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