An early case of equal pray

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

While religious demonstrators in Israel have taken to the streets to demand that women be kept in their place, here is a more enlightened view from the Middle Ages.

The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York has revealed that in its library is a copy of a 500-year-old siddur written by the Italian scribe Rabbi Abraham Ben Mordechai Farissol.

Traditionally, men offer a daily blessing for having not been made a woman, while women give praise for having been created "according to Your will".

Farissol instead offered this alternative for women to recite: "Blessed Are You… For You made Me a Woman and Not a Man".

Last updated: 11:43am, January 5 2012