Israel, A Spir­i­tu­al Trav­el Guide, 2nd Edi­tion: A Com­pan­ion for the Mod­ern Pilgrim

Rab­bi Lawrence A. Hoffman
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By – August 16, 2012
Most Jews vis­it Israel as pil­grims.” With this in mind, Rab­bi Lawrence Hoff­man, a dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor, author, and edi­tor of the series My People’s Prayer Book, has laid out a pro­gram that will enrich any trip to Israel. 

Draw­ing on his vast knowl­edge of litur­gy, his­to­ry and lit­er­a­ture, Rab­bi Hoff­man guides vis­i­tors in plumb­ing the spir­i­tu­al sig­nif­i­cance of some 25 des­ti­na­tions in the Holy Land. For each des­ti­na­tion, Rab­bi Hoff­man briefly describes the site in mate­r­i­al to be read before the vis­it, pro­vides read­ings for the trip to the site, and — most sig­nif­i­cant­ly — deep­ens the vis­it with prayers and bless­ings to be recit­ed at the site. Space is left for the vis­i­tors’ per­son­al response to each of the destinations. 

In fol­low­ing Rab­bi Hoffman’s out­line, vis­i­tors will make both a spir­i­tu­al and per­son­al jour­ney — to his­to­ry, to their peo­ple, to the place where it all began.” Index to places and occa­sions for which prayers are pro­vid­ed, illus­tra­tive maps, notes.

Maron L. Wax­man, retired edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor, spe­cial projects, at the Amer­i­can Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry, was also an edi­to­r­i­al direc­tor at Harper­Collins and Book-of-the-Month Club.

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