Kavvana, The Art of Jewish Prayer

  This article appears as part of the Portal on Jewish Prayer and in Keeping God at the Center.   AN INTRODUCTORY MEDITATION[i]   A suckling infant stares at its mother’s face; a senile person follows a face as it moves through the field of vision. Face is …

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The Kaddish

KADDISH [*] This article appears in different form as part of the Portal on Jewish Prayer and in Keeping God at the Center. RECENT POLITICAL AND CULTURAL METAMORPHOSES HISTORY: BIBLICAL and TALMUDIC, POST-TALMUDIC and GEONIC, HISTORY: MEDIEVAL and MODERN THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION APPENDIX: VARIATIONS ON A THEME  The Kaddish evolved …

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“Make Them as Tumbleweed”

“MAKE THEM AS TUMBLEWEED” *Disclosure Accusation Prayer Point Counterpoint  DISCLOSURE I write as a Jew. I also write as a rabbi and senior academic whose field is theology, and as a hetereosexual and upper middle class, married, male with a family. Two of our sons, a daughter …

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Liturgies of Anger

LITURGIES OF ANGER*A Psalm of Personal Anger (Pslam 109) A Psalm of National Anger (Psalm 83) A Psalm of Anger against God (Psalm 44) Concluding Theological Reflections Anger is a powerful wave. It roars over us and carries us away, first forward and then backward. …

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Mystical Meditation on the Prayerbook

KABBALA: MYSTICAL WAYS IN PRAYER*   This article appears as part of the Portal on Jewish Prayer and in Keeping God at the Center. A DIFFERENT THEOLOGY THE SEFIROTIC TREE PRAYING ZOHARICALLY Sacrifice and the Heavenly Union Reciting Lekha Adonay Reciting Sh’ma Reciting Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh Reciting the Shabbat and Yom …

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