Israel-A Spiritual Travel Guide: A Companion for the Modern Jewish Pilgrim

Israel-A Spiritual Travel Guide: A Companion for the Modern Jewish Pilgrim

by Lawrence A. Hoffman

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Israel-A Spiritual Travel Guide: A Companion for the Modern Jewish Pilgrim by Lawrence A. Hoffman

Be spiritually prepared for your journey in Israel.

The only travel guide to Israel that will help you to prepare spiritually for your visit. Combining, in quick reference format, ancient blessings, medieval prayers, biblical references, and modern poetry, it helps today’s pilgrim tap into the deep spiritual meaning of the ancient—and modern—sites of the Holy Land. For each of 25 major tourist destinations—from the Western Wall to Masada to a kibbutz in the Galilee—it gives guidance in sharply focused, four-step sections:

  • Anticipation: To read in advance. Information to help orient you in the site’s historical context.
  • Approach: To read on the way there. Readings from traditional and modern sources to orient you in the site’s spiritual context.
  • Acknowledgment: To read at the site. A prayer or blessing to integrate the experience into your spiritual consciousness.
  • Afterthought: Journaling space for writing your own thoughts and impressions.

More than a guidebook: It is a spiritual map of the Holy Land.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580232616
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Edition description: 2nd Edition, Updated, and Expanded
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 415,297
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.

His many books, written and edited, include seven volumes in the Prayers of Awe series: Who by Fire, Who by Water— Un'taneh Tokef; All These Vows— Kol Nidre; We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism— Ashamnu and Al Chet; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism— Yizkor; All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days ; Naming God: Avinu Malkeinu Our Father, Our King ; and Encountering God: El Rachum V'chanun— God Merciful and Gracious. Hoffman also edited the ten-volume series My People’s Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and coedited My People’s Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (all Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Hoffman cofounded and developed Synagogue 2/3000, a transdenominational project to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century. In that capacity, he wrote Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life (Jewish Lights).

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