Our Dance with God: Finding Prayer, Perspective and Meaning in the Stories of Our Lives

Our Dance with God: Finding Prayer, Perspective and Meaning in the Stories of Our Lives

by Karyn D. Kedar

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ISBN-13: 9781580236775
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar teaches matters of the spirit to groups throughout the U.S. She is senior rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in the Chicago area, and the inspiring author of The Bridge to Forgiveness: Stories and Prayers for Finding God and Restoring Wholeness; Our Dance with God: Finding Prayer, Perspective and Meaning in the Stories of Our Lives; and God Whispers: Stories of the Soul, Lessons of the Heart and contributed to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor; Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef; and All These Vows—Kol Nidre (all Jewish Lights).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Imagining the Dance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix


Prayer: The Language of the Spirit
The Iron Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Navigating the Heavens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Meditation on the Beach of Boca Raton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Grace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
And Then There Was Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Mystery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Communal Prayer: The Philosophy of the Minyan . . . . . . . . . 32
May the Words of My Mouth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39


Perspective: The Language of Thought
Choice as a Spiritual Law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Envision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Memory: Life Retold or Unlearned . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Reflection, Then Reaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Lingering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Interpretation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Change for the Sake of Transformation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Meaning
Searching for Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Shema: Listening Is the Language of the Soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Yisrael: Struggling with Reality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad: All Is One . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Noticing the Invisible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Passion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Divine Discontent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Mortality Demands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136


Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

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