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Who By Fire, Who By Water: Un'taneh Tokef

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The most controversial prayer of the Jewish New Year what it means, who wrote it, why we say it.

Explore the profound, perplexing and persuasive power of Un'taneh Tokef, one of the most beloved, prominent and controversial pieces in the Ashkenazi High Holy Day liturgy. Interact with thought-provoking and inspiring discussions on all aspects of this prayer that defies easy u
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Jewish Lights Publishing
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I thought hard and long before reviewing this book. Not that there's anything wrong with it. Oh, it's not perfect. But what's brilliant in it overshadow what's ordinary. Why did I hesitate to discuss it? Because it's about prayer, Jewish prayer. And, Jewish prayer, Jewish liturgy is unlike Christian prayers and liturgy of every denomination I've visited:Catholic, Congregational, High and Low Episcopalian, African American A&E, and Jews for Jesus. I am NOT saying those prayers are inferior in ...more
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New to our library-Over 40 contributors of all major Jewish denominations examine the Un'taneh Tokef's theology, authorship, and poetry through lively commentaries. They wrestle with the personal and community impact of its deeply moving imagery, probe its haunting message of human mortality, and reflect on its call for sanctity, transformation and renewal. Rabbi Sandy Sasso is one of the contributors.
A very helpful Jewish resource to the Days of Awe and its central prayer/poem.

Some wonderful essays. One complaint: a bit repetitive.

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