Psalms of the Jewish Liturgy: A Guide to Their Beauty, Power, and Meaning

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In this study of the psalms of the Jewish liturgy, Rabbi Miriyam Glazer brings these well-known psalms alive. She focuses on each psalm's pathos, power, richness of imagery, and spiritual beauty. This work concentrates on the psalm-as-prayer, showing how lines are connected with one another and how each psalm can take its reader on an inner journey. The author also explains the role each psalm plays in its liturgical setting.

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In this study of the psalms of the Jewish liturgy, Rabbi Miriyam Glazer brings these well-known psalms alive. She focuses on each psalm's pathos, power, richness of imagery, and spiritual beauty. This work concentrates on the psalm-as-prayer, showing how lines are connected with one another and how each psalm can take its reader on an inner journey. The author also explains the role each psalm plays in its liturgical setting.

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Glazer, a lit professor, has written an engaging guide to the psalms used in Jewish liturgical observance. Not an exhaustive or scholarly treatment, this is instead warm and personal, deserving a wide readership. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916219413
  • Publisher: Aviv Publishing New York, NY
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Holy Reading 1

2 "The Whole World and All that Is in It": The Psalms for the Days of the Week 14

3 "You Turned My Grief into Dancing": Psalm 30 for Every Morning 46

4 Falling on Your Face: Tahanun 50

5 "I Bless Your Name Forever and Ever": The Daily Hallel 58

6 Ecstatic Salvation: The Psalms of the Festival Hallel 86

7 Frolicking with Leviathan: Rosh Hodesh 104

8 A Heart of Flesh, a Heart of Courage: Psalm for the Season of Repentance 112

9 Glowing in the Nuptial Light: The Psalms of Kabbalat Shabbat 118

10 Starry Heavens, Moral Law: Shabbat Morning's "Verses of Song" 146

11 Reaping in Joy: The Blessing After Meals 186

12 "For the Sake of My Comrades and Friends": A Psalm for Peace 194

13 For You Are with Me: Psalm 23 198

14 Afterword 202

Sources 205

List of Abbreviations 207

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