with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman & Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson
August 20, 2015
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One of the oldest and most beloved prayers–known even to Jews who rarely attend synagogue–is Avinu Malkeinu (“Our Father, Our King”), a liturgical staple for the entire High Holy Day period. Despite its popularity, Avinu Malkeinu causes great debate because of the difficulties in thinking of God as father and king. Americans no longer relate positively to images of royalty; victims of parental abuse note the problem of assuming a benevolent father; and feminists have long objected to masculine language for God.
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman will share with us the fascinating history of this prayer as well as highlights from the almost forty contributors who make up this volume –men and women, scholars and rabbis, artists and thinkers from all Jewish denominations and from around the world, including our own Senior Rabbi, Joshua M. Davidson.
Together, Rabbi Davidson and Rabbi Hoffman will wrestle with this linguistic and spiritual conundrum, asking, “How do we name God altogether, without recourse to imagery that defies belief?”
Prayers of Awe: A multi-volume series designed to explore the High Holy Day liturgy and enrich the praying experience for everyone–whether experienced worshipers or guests who encounter Jewish prayer for the very first time.
Book sales and signing to follow. In partnership with Jewish Lights Publishing.