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Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer [NOOK Book]

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Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In Filling Words with Light Lawrence Kushner and Nehemia Polen lead readers through the traditional prayer book, offering fresh insights and meditations that bring their words to life. Written for beginners and advanced readers alike, this accessible spiritual companion provides a window ...

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Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

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Overview

Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In Filling Words with Light Lawrence Kushner and Nehemia Polen lead readers through the traditional prayer book, offering fresh insights and meditations that bring their words to life. Written for beginners and advanced readers alike, this accessible spiritual companion provides a window into the liturgy for worshipers of all backgrounds.

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This book, co-authored by a Reform rabbi and an Orthodox rabbi, offers a rich and inspiring collection of interpretations, reflections and teachings on Jewish liturgy. From the morning prayers and blessings, to the Torah service, and culminating in the Shabbat liturgy, Filling Words with Light is a wonderful resource for Jews and people of other faith traditions who seek to deepen their experience of daily and weekly liturgical prayer. … I had the "wonder-full" experience of attending a Saturday morning Shabbat service while reading this book, and being graced with a feeling of newness and excitement as I prayed the liturgy that has been so familiar for so long. Filling Words with Light truly illuminated the prayers, and in doing so, brought a sense of exhilaration and delight to the words, the service, and my personal experience of God and of communal prayer. This book will be both useful and delightful for spiritual directors, directees, clergy teachers and others who guide seekers on their prayer journey, especially those who are drawn to mystical teachings and practices.
Community - Herman Landau

FILLING WORDS WITH LIGHT: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer. By Lawrence Kushner and Nehenia Polen. Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT 05091: $21.99. I54 pages.'

Reform Rabbi Kushner and Orthodox Rabbi Polen have joined together to provide a window into the liturgy for people of all' backgrouhds. They offer fresh insights and meditations that bring the traditional prayer book to life.

The mystics taught that the words of . prayer carry sparks of the Divine that ye4rn to join together in holiness. Making . the transition from rote recitation to " enlightened prayer can be difficult and the two rabbis provide the help that task needs.

Manna: The Living Voice of Judaism - Andie Newman

Like many people, I have heard a lot about the Kabbalah, but I never actually studied it. Filling Words With Light is a good place to start. With its anecdotal style and sparing, well-glossed use of Hebrew, it initiates the reader gently into the mysteries of the Torah, Zohar and Talmud. While its logic was often alien to me, I was impressed by the love of language, and the way seemingly wilful misreading of sacred texts could yield powerful and often beautiful new ideas; and also by the sophistication of pre-modern Jewish thought. There is great diversity of thought here, from numerological systems to meditative journeys, and even if you find much to disagree with, it will make you think.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000934203
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,202,606
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is one of the most widely read authors by people of all faiths on Jewish spiritual life. He is the best-selling author of such books as Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning; Honey from the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet; The Book of Miracles: A Young Person's Guide to Jewish Spiritual Awareness; The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk; Eyes Remade for Wonder: A Lawrence Kushner Reader; I'm God, You're Not: Observations on Organized Religion and other Disguises of the Ego; Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians; The River of Light: Jewish Mystical Awareness; The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition; and co-author of Because Nothing Looks Like God; How Does God Make Things Happen?; Where Is God?; What Does God Look Like?; and In God's Hands. He is the Emanu-El Scholar at San Francisco's Congregation Emanu-El and an adjunct professor of Jewish mysticism and spirituality at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is available to speak on the following topics:

• Jewish Mystical Imagination

• Rymanover's Silent Aleph: What Really Happened on Sinai

• Zohar on Romance and Revelation

• What Makes Kabbalah Kabbalah

• Sacred Stories of the Ordinary: When God Makes a Surprise Appearance in Everyday Life

Click here to contact the author.

Rabbi Nehemia Polen is professor of Jewish thought at Hebrew College. He is the author of The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the
Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto and The Rebbe's Daughter, recipient of a National
Jewish Book Award. He is also a contributor to the award-winning My People's
Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries
(Jewish Lights).

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Table of Contents

1 The blessings of morning
2 Verses of Song
3 The Shema and its blessings
4 The standing prayer
5 The reading of Torah
6 Supplication and obligation
7 The Sabbath
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