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History and Theology of the Siddur: Finding Deeper Meaning in our Prayers

Since we will be introducing a new Siddur, in May Cantor Levine will begin a year + long course on the history and theology of the siddur.

The prayer book is a collection of thoughts and concerns of the Jewish people across the ages. Additionally, for more than a thousand years, the siddur book has been the tool teaching Jews about Jewish thought and our relationship with God.

Using the Shabbat morning service, we will delve into the historical reasons for the development of various prayers, the theology being expressed (as well as what is being denied), and how the liturgy is constructed in a deeply meaningful form.

This course will begin with three sessions this Spring and resume next fall and continue throughout the year. Each session will be independent, so participants are encouraged to attend as many as they choose. The same session will be offered in person twice weekly and we will use Siddur Lev Shalem as our source.

Suggested Reading: To Pray as a Jew by Hayim Halevy Donin.

9:45 AM
at Brith Shalom

7:00 PM
at Slowpokes
6725 Stella Link
(just north of Bellaire Blvd)
May 12 May 22 Overview and Structure
May 26 May 29 Birchot Hashachar: Morning Blessings
June 2 June 5 P'sukei D'zimrah: Morning Psalms


Sat, April 13 2024 5 Nisan 5784