Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman is widely recognized as a leader in bringing spiritual innovation into modern Jewish life and worship. Now, drawing on a lifetime of study, he explores the Jewish way of being in the world-the Jewish relationship to God and to questions of human purpose that lie just below the surface of biblical and rabbinic literature.
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.
He has written and edited many books, including "All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism "Yizkor, We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism Ashamnu" and "Al Chet, "Who by Fire, Who by Water "Un'taneh Tokef, and "All These Vows" Kol Nidre, the first five volumes in the Prayers of Awe series; the My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries series, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and he is coeditor of "My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries" (all Jewish Lights), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.
Rabbi Hoffman is a developer of Synagogue 3000, a transdenominational project designed to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century.
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, is available to speak on the following topics: A Day of Wine and Moses: The Passover Haggadah and the Seder You Have Always WantedPreparing for the High Holy Days: How to Appreciate the Liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom KippurThe Essence of Jewish Prayer: The Prayer Book in Context and Worship in Our TimeBeyond Ethnicity: The Coming Project for North American Jewish IdentitySynagogue Change: Transforming Synagogues as Spiritual and Moral Centers for the Twenty-First Century
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'Through seamless excursions into history, law, comparative religion, art, music, literature, psychology, sociology and philosophy, he examines the Jewish way of 'mapping reality' to meet our most important challenge: finding shape in our lives. . . . Hoffman's lucid and eloquent interpretations will appeal to Jewish and non-Jewish readers searching to understand Judaism and to 'connect the dots' in their own lives.' --Publishers Weekly, starred review
'Hoffman's analysis of Jewish spiritual wisdom and its relevance to today's world is both lucid and perceptive.' --George Cohen, Booklist