This is the fifth in a series of 7 classes on The Poetry of Prayer conducted by Rabbi Joel Rembaum and presented by the Rembaum Institute for Adult Education and Family Programming:in preparation for this year's High Holy Days.
The prayers and psalms that fill our Mahzor (High Holiday prayerbook) and Siddur (regular prayerbook) have been gathered together to form a vehicle for finding our own meaningful relationship with God and to teach us the basic principles of our faith in God. They are written either as poems or suffused with poetry. As such, they constitute a spiritual art form that calls upon each of us to find our own meaning in their words, structures, metaphors, and symbols — much as we would find our own meaning in a Shakespearian sonnet or a Chagall painting — recognizing, of course, that there is Kedushah (holiness) in the prayers that makes them unique.
It is hoped that our study of key elements of the High Holiday Shaharit (morning) prayer service will aid us in making our Holy Day worship an enriching spiritual experience with which to begin the new year of 5784.
This class was conducted via Zoom on August 22 2023.