- The Tenth Woman's Morning Song
In prayer shawl and skullcap
I thank you God for making me
the way I am, the way I wish to be.
Joanne Seltzer's grandparents were Orthodox, but her parents belonged to the melting-pot generation. She is now at home in an egalitarian Conservative congregation where, in 2000, she and ten adult classmates became bar and bat mitzvah. Joanne writes both spiritual and secular poetry and is widely published.