Friday, September 13, 2013

The Path of Blessing

Marcia Prager’s The Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine, is an extremely gentle, soft examination of the constellation of blessings which accompany Jewish religious life.  She focuses on the most used Baruck ata… formula, using each word of the generic part of the blessing as the jumping off point for examination and exegesis.

Prager was taught by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, so his imprint is all over this work.  The Jewish Renewal text presented here is definitely for beginners, not for people more advanced in their study of Judaism, who will quickly become bored or frustrated with Prager’s often elemental interpretations.

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