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Communities of Meaning: Conversations on Modern Jewish Life Inspired by Rabbi Larry Hoffman

Conversations on Modern Jewish Life Inspired by Rabbi Larry Hoffman

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Rabbis Grushcow (Writing the Wayward Wife) and Skloot (First Impressions) pay tribute to liturgist and rabbi Larry Hoffman with this gathering of brief and insightful pieces on the nuances of Jewish worship, belief, survival, and ritual practice

In the standout “Memory, Vulnerability, and Return,” Rabbi Angela Buchdahl recalls how Hoffman, a professor emeritus of liturgy at Hebrew Union College whose work focuses on improving the prayer experiences of secular Jews, helped to reorder the Yom Kippur liturgy structure at the Central Synagogue in New York to better build up to the service’s spiritual apex. Underscoring Hoffman’s insight, Buchdahl writes that the power of prayer is “not only in the content, but in the ebb and flow, the quiets and the crescendos.” Elsewhere, Rabbi Gordon Tucker unpacks Hoffman’s theory that today’s “apparent absence of faith” stems from “an inadequacy of language” to capture key religious tenets. The essential words creation, revelation, and redemption, for example, “no longer carry the same meanings for today’s Jews,” according Tucker, who calls for “new stories of faith” that require “new expression.” 

Brisk yet meditative, these essays avoid slipping into hagiography as they celebrate and expand upon Hoffman’s adaptive and community-centered approach to prayer. Rabbis and others active in Jewish worship communities will be inspired. (Jan.) --Publishers Weekly


“From Rabbi Larry Hoffman, we learn how to pray with consequence . . . Our conversations within ourselves, with others, and with God lead us to know how to live.” –Janet Walton, professor emerita of worship and the arts at Union Theological Seminary

“Hoffman is a rabbi of rabbis. And a liturgist of liturgists . . . [He] invited us to courageous reinterpretation and transformation of our liturgy.” –Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central synagogue, New York City

“Few thinkers possess greater ability than Rabbi Larry Hoffman to make surprising connections that bring new light to oft-trodden territory.” –Rabbi Arnold Eisen, chancellor emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary

"I have long been indebted to Rabbi Larry Hoffman not only for the unparalleled genius he has always displayed in bringing together and synthesizing Jewish texts in intellectually provocative and spiritually moving ways." --Rabbi David Ellenson, chancellor emeritus of Hebrew union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Forlag
Behrman House Inc.,U.S.
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
256
ISBN
9781681150963
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
23 x 15 cm

Om forfatteren

Joseph A. Skloot is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History and Associate Director of the Tisch Fellowship Program at Hebrew Union College in New York City.

Lisa J. Grushcow is the senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, the sole Reform synagogue in Montreal and Quebec. 

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Rabbis Grushcow (Writing the Wayward Wife) and Skloot (First Impressions) pay tribute to liturgist and rabbi Larry Hoffman with this gathering of brief and insightful pieces on the nuances of Jewish worship, belief, survival, and ritual practice

In the standout “Memory, Vulnerability, and Return,” Rabbi Angela Buchdahl recalls how Hoffman, a professor emeritus of liturgy at Hebrew Union College whose work focuses on improving the prayer experiences of secular Jews, helped to reorder the Yom Kippur liturgy structure at the Central Synagogue in New York to better build up to the service’s spiritual apex. Underscoring Hoffman’s insight, Buchdahl writes that the power of prayer is “not only in the content, but in the ebb and flow, the quiets and the crescendos.” Elsewhere, Rabbi Gordon Tucker unpacks Hoffman’s theory that today’s “apparent absence of faith” stems from “an inadequacy of language” to capture key religious tenets. The essential words creation, revelation, and redemption, for example, “no longer carry the same meanings for today’s Jews,” according Tucker, who calls for “new stories of faith” that require “new expression.” 

Brisk yet meditative, these essays avoid slipping into hagiography as they celebrate and expand upon Hoffman’s adaptive and community-centered approach to prayer. Rabbis and others active in Jewish worship communities will be inspired. (Jan.) --Publishers Weekly


“From Rabbi Larry Hoffman, we learn how to pray with consequence . . . Our conversations within ourselves, with others, and with God lead us to know how to live.” –Janet Walton, professor emerita of worship and the arts at Union Theological Seminary

“Hoffman is a rabbi of rabbis. And a liturgist of liturgists . . . [He] invited us to courageous reinterpretation and transformation of our liturgy.” –Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central synagogue, New York City

“Few thinkers possess greater ability than Rabbi Larry Hoffman to make surprising connections that bring new light to oft-trodden territory.” –Rabbi Arnold Eisen, chancellor emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary

"I have long been indebted to Rabbi Larry Hoffman not only for the unparalleled genius he has always displayed in bringing together and synthesizing Jewish texts in intellectually provocative and spiritually moving ways." --Rabbi David Ellenson, chancellor emeritus of Hebrew union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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