Marcia Falk was born in 1946, on Long Island, New
As a little girl Falk attended both public school as well as Hebrew
school; developing a deep passion for poetry and biblical translations.
She received a B.A. in philosophy from Brandeis University and a Ph.D.
in English and comparative literature from Stanford. She was a Fulbright
Scholar and post-doctorate in Bible and Hebrew literature at
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
For the next fifteen years, Falk became a professor of Hebrew and English
literature, Jewish studies, Bible, and creative writing at Stanford,
the State University of New York at Binghamton, and the Claremont Colleges.
In the 1980s, she began writing prayers that were used in Reconstructionist prayerbooks and feminist rituals.
In 1996, Falk released her innovative prayer book, The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath,
and the New Moon Festival. This book attempts to reconstruct Hebrew
and English liturgy in poetic forms. The book is intended to be responsive
to both general readers and scholars.
In 2004, her verse translation of the biblical Song
of Songs was released, entitled The Song of Songs: Love Lyrics
from the Bible. Falk’s most recent book is The Spectacular
Difference: Selected Poems of Zelda (2004), an English translation
of the twentieth-century poet Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky. Her other
books include, With Teeth in the Earth (1992), This Year in
Jerusalem, and It Is July in Virginia.
Sources: "Marcia Falk (1946 - )." American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999). pg. 525.