The Hidden Poetry of the Jewish Prayerbook - The What, How, and Why of Jewish Liturgy (audio only edition)

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9780976933014: The Hidden Poetry of the Jewish Prayerbook - The What, How, and Why of Jewish Liturgy (audio only edition)

In his unique journey through the Jewish Prayerbook, Prof. Kimelman brings together both a historical and a literary perspective on the main texts of most contemporary siddurim. This journey takes you from Mah Tovu and other introductory prayers through the Shema and Amida liturgies, to the Shabbat service. Each of the 18 lectures on its 10 CDs brings to life both the complex meanings of these beautiful texts, and the literary techniques through which these meanings come to life. Throughout the journey, the historical background, the poetical beauty, and the spiritual significance of the liturgy are highlighted by posing three questions: what is said, how is it said, and why is it said. Through the prism of these three questions, Professor Kimelman analyzes the content of the liturgy, thus showing how historical issues, literary considerations and ideological factors converge to illuminate the full meaning of the Siddur text. Contents: Mah Tovu - A Psychological Introduction to Prayer ** Adon Olam - A Theological Introduction to Prayer ** Morning Blessings - An Understanding of the Body-Soul Relationship ** Ashre - A Thematic Introduction to the Liturgy ** The Shema - 1st Paragraph - The Three-Fold Love Relationship to the Divine ** The Shema - 2nd and 3rd Paragraphs Integrating Compliance with the Commandments and Redemption ** The Shema - The Second Blessing - Revelation as Divine Love ** The Shema - Opening Blessing - Creation and Divine Sovereignty ** The Shema - Closing Blessing - Redemption and Divine Sovereignty ** The Amida - Introduction and Blessings 4-7 ** The Amida - Blessings 8, 9 and 10-16 ** The Amida Blessings 1-3 ** The Amida - Blessings 17-19 ** The Amida - Kedusha ** The Amida - Role and Choreography ** Ein Keloheinu, Aleinu and the Kaddish - Closing Prayers ** Kabbalat Shabbat - Lekhah Dodi ** The Distinctiveness of the Shabbat Service.

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This audio coursebook is suitable for individual adult learning, group learning and discussion, class planning and leading, as well as continuing Jewish education. Addressing the needs to both learners and teachers, the cousebook provides both an audio and a visual resource of information, insight, and systematic illumination of the meaning of the Siddur.

We designed these 18, 30-minute lectures for listening in the comfort of one’s home or elsewhere, such as during a daily commute, an exercise routine, an extended car or plane trip, or just a stroll around town. In any case, the learner will come to appreciate Professor Kimelman’s clarity of presentation, quality of analysis and precision of delivery.

We also designed them with group study and discussion in mind. The richness of each lecture's content can spur hours of group discussion and debate, whether under the guidance of a professional educator or self-guided.

Whether religious or secular, denominational or not, the learner and the teacher alike will find this audio coursebook informative, delightful and inspiring.

From the Author:

This course invites you on a journey through the Jewish Prayerbook. The journey has four stations. The first begins with the daily morning service and deals with the opening prayers and blessings. These include the psychological and theological introductions; the blessings on the body and soul; and the most oft-recited psalm in the liturgy.

The second deals with the Shema liturgy and its acclamation of Divine sovereignty. The focus is on how the meaning of the material that encases the biblical Shema converges with it to create an integrated liturgical composition.

The third deals with the Amidah. We show how it orchestrates scenarios of personal, national, and universal redemption.

The fourth deals with the concluding parts of the liturgy, as well as the Shabbat service. We focus on Ein Keloheinu, Aleinu, the Kaddish, and on the Kabbalat Shabbat service, especially on Lekhah Dodi as a Kabbalistic poem, and the distinctive aspects of the Shabbat liturgy.

Throughout the journey, the historical background, the poetic beauty, and the spiritual significance of the liturgy are highlighted by posing three questions: what is said, how is it said, and why is it said. Through the prism of these questions we analyze the content of the liturgy, delineate its mode of presentation, and ascertain its purpose. We show how historical issues, literary considerations, and ideological factors converge to illuminate its full meaning.

Our goal is that you find that as one’s appreciation of the liturgy grows, so does one’s desire to partake of it.

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