Progressive liturgists seek to introduce gender parity into the first paragraph of the
Amidah by adding the names of the Matriarchs immediately after those of the Patriarchs.
I argue that this misrepresents their marriages and the role played by the concubines.
A more balanced understanding is made possible by distancing the names of the
Matriarchs from those of their husbands, and inserting them in the form of a brief piyyut,
composed of biblical citations, just before the concluding blessing formula. The proposed
insertion reflects the agency displayed by the Matriarchs and alludes obliquely
to the concubines. Account is taken of the appropriateness of the piyyut for use in