The Poet­ry of Prayer

Rab­bi Avi Baumol
  • Review
By – August 26, 2011
It is remark­able that few of us ever study in depth the Book of Psalms, despite the major role they play in the tra­di­tion­al litur­gy. Rab­bi Bau­mol, a teacher and schol­ar well known for his Inter­net class­es on the Psalms, shares his love and pas­sion for Tehilim, con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing them with­in the struc­ture and pur­pose of the prayer ser­vice. His lit­er­ary analy­ses of indi­vid­ual psalms are both fas­ci­nat­ing and eye-open­ing when one exam­ines, through the lens­es of
both tra­di­tion­al rab­binic and lit­er­ary sources, the words that we may utter with great fre­quen­cy but with min­i­mal com­pre­hen­sion. The book will serve as a superb guide both for those who seek greater inspi­ra­tion in their prayers as well as those who seek a less intro­spec­tive, more aca­d­e­m­ic under­stand­ing of one of the key texts of the Jew­ish peo­ple. Appen­dices, bibliography.
William Liss-Levin­son is vice pres­i­dent, chief strat­e­gy & oper­a­tions offi­cer of Cas­tle Con­nol­ly Med­ical Ltd., a con­sumer health research, infor­ma­tion, and pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny. He holds a Ph.D. in edu­ca­tion and is a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the Jew­ish Book Council.

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