The Art of Public Prayer: Not for Clergy Only

The Art of Public Prayer: Not for Clergy Only

by Lawrence A. Hoffman
     
 

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For laypeople and clergy of any denomination. Examines how and why religious ritual works—or doesn't. Uses social science, theology and common sense to explain the key roles symbolism and liturgy can play in meaningful and fulfilling communal worship.See more details below

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For laypeople and clergy of any denomination. Examines how and why religious ritual works—or doesn't. Uses social science, theology and common sense to explain the key roles symbolism and liturgy can play in meaningful and fulfilling communal worship.

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From the Publisher
"Offers great wisdom about the way religious rituals can help people make sense of their lives….This book is for all Jews and Christians who hope for religious ritual that speaks to deep human hungers and helps people discover God's presence in their daily experience."
Rev. Ruth Duck, Associate Professor of Worship Art, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

"Lawrence Hoffman shows us how, by understanding the dynamic between a person and God and among people gathered for prayer, the length of our communal reach can exceed the sum of our individual efforts. In doing so, he helps us discover our collective heart."
Rabbi Jack Moline, Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia

"An indispensable resource as we envision effective modes of prayer for the 21stcentury synagogue."
Dr. Ron Wolfson, co-developer, "Synagogue 2000," author, The Art of Jewish Living series (Jewish Lights Publishing)

"A captivating work solidly grounded and eminently readable in which Rabbi Hoffman draws on a variety of cultural and religious analogues to help us understand the renewed liturgy and what makes it work. Highly recommended for liturgical practitioners wishing to reflect more deeply on the art of public prayer."
Father Gil Ostdiek, O.F.M., past president, North American Academy of Liturgy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594733949
Publisher:
Longhill Partners
Publication date:
10/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
891,837
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, has served for more than three decades as professor of liturgy at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is a world-renowned liturgist and holder of the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair in Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. His work combines research in Jewish ritual, worship and spirituality with a passion for the spiritual renewal of contemporary Judaism.

He has written and edited many books, including All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet, Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef and All These Vows—Kol Nidre, the first five volumes in the Prayers of Awe series; the My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries series, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and he is coeditor of My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries (all Jewish Lights), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

Rabbi Hoffman is a developer of Synagogue 3000, a transdenominational project designed to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics:

  • A Day of Wine and Moses: The Passover Haggadah and the Seder You Have Always Wanted
  • Preparing for the High Holy Days: How to Appreciate the Liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • The Essence of Jewish Prayer: The Prayer Book in Context and Worship in Our Time
  • Beyond Ethnicity: The Coming Project for North American Jewish Identity
  • Synagogue Change: Transforming Synagogues as Spiritual and Moral Centers for the Twenty-First Century

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