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Let Us Learn: Advance Readings

Let Us Learn In Order to Do: A Study Program For Worship/Ritual Committees
The advance readings are preparatory material for each of the program's seventeen sessions. Many of the advance readings are available here. Some, however, have not been provided and are from books that must be purchased or obtained separately. For your convenience, we have provided information links for purchasing the books.
SESSION 1
Prayer? Let's Start by Getting Personal

No advance reading

SESSION 2
God Through the Lens of Liturgy

Lawrence A. Hoffman, ed., My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, Vol. 1 The Sh'ma and Its Blessings (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing), 1997. Read pages 41–54, 67–82, 83 and 87–99.

SESSION 3
God and Religious Practices in the Reform Movement: A Historical Overview

SESSION 4
The History of the Reform Movement: 150 Years of Liturgical Change

SESSION 5
Rubrics, Blessings, Keva and Kavanah: The Building Blocks of Prayer

SESSION 6
Becoming Familiar with the Service: Erev Shabbat Worship

SESSION 7
Becoming Familiar with the Service: Shabbat Shacharit Worship

  • Harvey J. Fields, "Section Four: The Reading of the Torah," Bechol Levavcha: With All Your Heart, (New York: URJ Press), 1979, pp. 106–111.
  • Service Outlines for Shabbat and Weekdays

SESSION 8
A Very Quick Tour Through the History of Jewish Music

SESSION 9
Majesty, Meditation, and Meeting: The Many Faces of Jewish Sacred Music

SESSION 10
Looking at the Big Picture: From Liturgy to Worship

SESSION 11
Understanding Worship As a System: Worship Space and the "Players"

SESSION 12
Lay Involvement in Leading Worship

"The Role of the Shali-ach Tzibur," compiled by Cantor Josée Wolff.

SESSION 13
Shabbat Morning Worship and the Bar and Bat Mitzvah "Dilemma," Part 1

SESSION 14
Shabbat Morning Worship and the Bar and Bat Mitzvah "Dilemma," Part 2

SESSION 15
"For the Sins That We Committed Willingly or Unintentionally..."
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman's Four "Sins" of Judaism

SESSION 16
A Generation of Seekers

SESSION 17
The Art of Prioritizing Or How to Decide What's Most Important When Your Worship/Ritual Committee is Pulled in So Many Directions

Lawrence Kushner, "The Tent-Peg Business: Some Truths About Congregations," New Traditions: Explorations in Judaism, Spring 1988.

 
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