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* Ten classes on the theme of Psalms in Jewish prayer, formal and informal * Ten classes on Psalms as Meditations on God and Humanity Collection Image: "David Composing the Psalms," Paris Psalter, 10th century By anonymous - Paris psalter (BnF MS Grec 139), folio 1v, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=807679.
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Psalms Meditations on God & Humanity 9 Four Saving Acts (Ps. 107)
Psalm 107 with its four powerful depictions of God's saving acts is a source for the Hagomel blessing recited on Shabbat. This class emphasizes the practice of expressing gratitude/thanks/Todah.
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Psalms Meditations on God & Humanity 8 Creator & Creation (Ps. 104)
A meditation on the Creation, its Creator, and the role of human beings in God's world. Echoes of the first chapter of the Torah and Job 38-39.
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Psalm Meditations on God and Humanity 7 Mortality
Psalm 90, "Prayer of Moses," is a meditation on mortality and a prayer for a full and meaningful life.
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Psalms Meditations on God and Humanity 5. Crisis of Faith (Ps. 73)
A crisis of faith is averted when the psalmist experiences the closeness of God.
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Psalms Meditations on God and Humanity 4. Consciousness of Guilt (Ps. 51)
Psalm 51 explores the consciousness of guilt and desire for forgiveness and personal transformation. It is echoed in the poem "Bilvavi" (In My Heart I will Build a Tabernacle).
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Psalms Meditations on God and Humanity 3 Psalms about 'God' (Pss 42-43)
Does it make a difference how we invoke God? How do we express a desire to get close to God? How do we experience times when it feels that God is not available?
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Psalms Meditations on God & Humanity - 2 Dire Straits (Ps. 22)
Psalms reflect on a range of emotions, including despair. This Psalm begins on a note of despair and ends on notes of hope.
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Psalms Meditations on God and Humanity - 1 Introduction(s) Psalms 1 & 2
Psalms 1 and 2 are an introduction (or two introductions) to the Book of Psalms. What values do they present? What context do they provide for the book of Psalms as a whole? How do they guide the reader into the book?
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Psalms in Liturgy 10 - Psalm 145 "Ashrei"
A discussion of the psalm that plays the largest role in public Jewish prayer: "Ashrei" (Psalm 145 with additions)
David M. Rosenberg1446 ViewsApril 9, 2022Psalm 145,Psalms,Ashrei
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Psalms in Liturgy 9 - Psalms 20 & 130 Psalms for times of trouble
In this class we will explore examples of psalms that individuals and communities turn to in times of trouble.
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Psalms in Liturgy 8 - Psalm 92 A Song for the Sabbath Day
The Psalm for the Sabbath day - righteousness over wickedness.
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Psalms in Liturgy 6 - Hallel - Psalm 114/115
Jewish liturgy includes a special collection of psalms for holidays and Chanukah (Hallel, Psalms 113-118). In this class we will explore passages which help set the tone for Hallel as a whole: Psalms 114 and 115. Depending on how one looks at this psalms, they are either a single unit, two units, or three units.
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Entering the Biblical Book of Prayer 2 - Psalms 24 and 114
Jewish liturgy uses specific psalms to express certain themes on particular days such as psalms for each of the days of the week and a special collection of psalms recited on holidays (Hallel). This class focuses on Psalm 24, the psalm for Sunday, and Psalm 114, part of Hallel.
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Entering the Biblical Book of Prayer 1 - Psalms 23 & 147
Psalms: Entering the Biblical Book of Prayer. Session 1 featuring psalms for any day: Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd" - the psalm par excellence; Pesukei deZimra/daily psalms--Psalm 147 "It is good to chant hymns to our God."
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