Israel--a Spiritual Travel Guide: A Companion for the Modern Jewish Pilgrim

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Jewish Lights Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 247 pages
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Be spiritually prepared for your journey in Israel.

The only travel guide to Israel that will help you to prepare spiritually for your visit. Combining, in quick reference format, ancient blessings, medieval prayers, biblical references, and modern poetry, it helps today's pilgrim tap into the deep spiritual meaning of the ancient--and modern--sites of the Holy Land. For each of 25 major tourist destinations--from the Western Wall to Masada to a kibbutz in the Galilee--it gives guidance in sharply focused, four-step sections:

  • Anticipation: To read in advance. Information to help orient you in the site's historical context.
  • Approach: To read on the way there. Readings from traditional and modern sources to orient you in the site's spiritual context.
  • Acknowledgment: To read at the site. A prayer or blessing to integrate the experience into your spiritual consciousness.
  • Afterthought: Journaling space for writing your own thoughts and impressions.

More than a guidebook: It is a spiritual map of the Holy Land.


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A good resource, but I wish it was more accessible to people who aren't fluent in Hebrew. The biggest part of the book is a collection of blessings to say at various places in Israel, and most of them ... Read full review


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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 Wanted Preparing for the High Holy Days: How to Appreciate the Liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur The Essence of Jewish Prayer: The Prayer Book in Context and Worship in Our Time Beyond Ethnicity: The Coming Project for North American Jewish Identity Synagogue Change: Transforming Synagogues as Spiritual and Moral Centers for the Twenty-First CenturyClick here to contact the author.

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