Sunday May 18 at Congregation Netivot Shalom: "Finding Ourselves in the Psalms" with Rabbi Edward Feld
Finding Ourselves in the Psalms
with Rabbi Edward Feld
Congregation Netivot Shalom
Sunday May 18, 9am
sponsored by the Kelman Liturgy Fund
Rabbi Edward Feld, author of "Joy, Despair, and Hope"
What has made Psalms such a source of inspiration for generations of Jews and Christians? How are we to understand the message of these prayers and poems? Who wrote them and why did they express themselves in this way? We will study a few psalms together, some that are well-known and some that have not been included in any formal liturgy, and see how they express a range of feelings about life and death, fear and faith, that may resonate with our own experience and inner lives.
Rabbi Edward Feld is the senior editor of Mahzor Lev Shalem (2010) and the author of The Spirit of Renewal: Finding Faith after the Holocaust (1994). He has served as Rabbi-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary and as Hillel Director and Chaplain to the College at Princeton University and Smith and Amherst Colleges. As the Educational Director of Rabbis for Human Rights he developed a curriculum for teaching Judaism and human rights.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…