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Filling Words with Light : Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer - Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

Filling Words with Light

Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer

Paperback Published: 1st July 2007
ISBN: 9781580232388
Number Of Pages: 176

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Breathe New Life into Your Prayer with the Wisdom of Kabbalah and the Hasidic Masters

Jewish mystics teach that every word a person utters in prayer should radiate light. Even the letters of the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness.

In this inspiring spiritual companion, Reform rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Nehemia Polen join together to provide a window into the liturgy for people of all backgrounds by offering fresh insights and meditations that bring the traditional prayerbook to life. Drawing from the Torah, Zohar and ancient and contemporary Hasidic masters, Kushner and Polen reflect on the joy, gratitude, compassion, mystery and awe embedded in traditional prayers and blessings, and show how you can imbue these familiar sacred words with your own sense of holiness.

Insightful, fresh and wise, Filling Words with Light will enrich your understanding of the prayer book and guide you on how to put more of yourself into the holy words of the Jewish tradition.

"A wonderful collection of insights into prayer, collected and reworked by a team of contemporary masters. Will add depth and insight to your prayer life!" --Rabbi Arthur Green, author of Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow and These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life

"Kushner and Polen are unparalleled in their ability to translate the most arcane and difficult insights of Hasidic masters into terms that are stunningly applicable to the human condition. Each and every page is testimony to their affection for the sages they cite and their regard for the prayers those sages address. For a spiritual commentary on the prayer book, this is the book to own." --Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, editor of the My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries series

"This book will surely open the heart of anyone opening a prayer book. The inspiring gems of insight by two great scholars seem to literally sparkle right off the pages. So much wisdom, made so accessible." --Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor of The Women's Torah Commentary and The Women's Haftarah Commentary Like many people, I have heard a lot about the Kabbalah, but I never actually studied it. Filling Words With Light is a good place to start. With its anecdotal style and sparing, well-glossed use of Hebrew, it initiates the reader gently into the mysteries of the Torah, Zohar and Talmud. While its logic was often alien to me, I was impressed by the love of language, and the way seemingly willful misreading of sacred texts could yield powerful and often beautiful new ideas; and also by the sophistication of pre-modern Jewish thought. There is great diversity of thought here, from numerological systems to meditative journeys, and even if you find much to disagree with, it will make you think.

--Andie Newman"Manna: The Living Voice of Judaism" (06/01/2005) Filling Words with Light Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer. By Lawrence Kushner and Nehenia Polen. Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT 05091: $21.99. I54 pages.

Reform rabbi Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Polen have joined together to provide a window into the liturgy for people of all backgrouhds. They offer fresh insights and meditations that bring the traditional prayer book to life.

The mystics taught that the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness. Making the transition from rote recitation to enlightened prayer can be difficult and the two rabbis provide the help that task needs.

--Herman Landau"Community" (05/27/2005) "A wonderful collection of insights into prayer, collected and reworked by a team of contemporary masters. Will add depth and insight to your prayer life!" Rabbi Arthur Green, author of Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow and These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life

Kushner and Polen are unparalleled in their ability to translate the most arcane and difficult insights of Hasidic masters into terms that are stunningly applicable to the human condition. Each and every page is testimony to their affection for the sages they cite and their regard for the prayers those sages address. For a spiritual commentary on the prayer book, this is the book to own. Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, editor of the My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries series

This book will surely open the heart of anyone opening a prayer book. The inspiring gems of insight by two great scholars seem to literally sparkle right off the pages. So much wisdom, made so accessible. Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, editor of The Women s Torah Commentary and The Women s Haftarah Commentary" "Filling Words with Light" Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer. By Lawrence Kushner and Nehenia Polen. Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT 05091: $21.99. I54 pages.

Reform rabbi Kushner and Orthodox rabbi Polen have joined together to provide a window into the liturgy for people of all backgrouhds. They offer fresh insights and meditations that bring the traditional prayer book to life.

The mystics taught that the words of prayer carry sparks of the Divine that yearn to join together in holiness. Making the transition from rote recitation to enlightened prayer can be difficult and the two rabbis provide the help that task needs.--Herman Landau"Community" (05/27/2005) Like many people, I have heard a lot about the Kabbalah, but I never actually studied it. " Filling Words With Light " is a good place to start. With its anecdotal style and sparing, well-glossed use of Hebrew, it initiates the reader gently into the mysteries of the Torah, Zohar and Talmud. While its logic was often alien to me, I was impressed by the love of language, and the way seemingly willful misreading of sacred texts could yield powerful and often beautiful new ideas; and also by the sophistication of pre-modern Jewish thought. There is great diversity of thought here, from numerological systems to meditative journeys, and even if you find much to disagree with, it will make you think.--Andie Newman"Manna: The Living Voice of Judaism" (06/01/2005) "FILLING WORDS WITH LIGHT: " Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer. By Lawrence Kushner and Nehenia Polen. Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT 05091: $21.99. I54 pages.'

Reform Rabbi Kushner and Orthodox Rabbi Polen have joined together to provide a window into the liturgy for people of all' backgrouhds. They offer fresh insights and meditations that bring the traditional prayer book to life.

The mystics taught that the words of . prayer carry sparks of the Divine that ye4rn to join together in holiness. Making . the transition from rote recitation to " enlightened prayer can be difficult and the two rabbis provide the help that task needs.--Herman Landau"Community" (05/27/2005)

ISBN: 9781580232388
ISBN-10: 1580232388
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st July 2007
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2

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