Liturgy: Festivals

This course offers a rigorous historical and textual survey of the liturgy of the Shelosh Regalim, Yamim Nora’im, Minor and Contemporary Festive and Mournful Days (including Yom HaAtzma’ut, Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikkaron, Tu B’Shvat, Purim, Hannukah).  The critical texts of each day will be examined for historical context, and also for spiritual significance and ritual agenda.  We will consider the dynamics and structure of these unique gatherings of the Jewish People, and the various strategies that have been employed by denominational streams and Jewish Renewal to construct and reconstruct meaning in the layered rubrics that have been passed down to us. The course will pay close attention to the text, but aim “beyond the text” to empower future rabbis and cantors to lead the Jewish People with learning, insight and courage.


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Cantorial: ALEPH Required
Rabbinic: Content Required
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