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Rabbi Larry Hoffman, Scholar-In-Residence November 17 - 19


“Spirituality is our way of being in the world, the system of connectedness by which we make sense of our lives, how we overlay our autobiography in the making within a template of time and space…It is the way we dimly find our way to how we matter...the way discordant noise becomes a symphony of being, the way we know that we belong to the drama of the universe. It is the wonderfully enchanting but equally rational way we go on our way of growing up and growing older in the mysterious business we call life.”

—Rabbi Larry Hoffman, The Journey Home

Friday, November 17
6:30 p.m. Pre-Oneg, 7 p.m. Shabbat Service
From Ethnic To Spiritual, This is Your Life, American Judaism

A retrospective look at what American Judaism was and a look forward at what it is becoming: a nostalgic revisiting of baby-boomers growing up, suburbia and Dr. Spock, marching for Israel and freedom for Refuseniks; what is left of all that now, and what is taking its place for tomorrow.

Saturday, November 18, 9:00 a.m.
Chevrah Torah: Spirituality in Public, Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

A young rabbinic student once asked his professor to teach Yiddish. “Teach you Yiddish?!” came the reply, “You don’t teach Yiddish; you just open your mouth and it comes out.” The student tried it. It didn’t work. Now, fifty years later, more and more people are asking how to pray. Here too, the assumption has been, “You just open your mouth and it comes out.” Again, it doesn’t. How then do we pray? Why is worship changing? And how do we find God – right here in Larchmont Temple?

Sunday, November 19, 10 a.m…Congregational Brotherhood Breakfast
Jewish Spirituality Even for the Skeptical

Yes, Virginia, there is Jewish Spirituality, but it is deep, it is profound, and it comes in the most remarkable places. It constitutes our very core, our deepest sense of self, the “moral space” we know we need to be distinctively human, the ways we connect the dots of our lives, and not just on emotional highs but even in times of trial. Here is a short run-through of some forms of Jewish spirituality – in ways that will surprise you.

Rabbi Hoffman is the author and editor of over 40 books, two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, HUC-JIR/New York.

More than any other singular teacher, Rabbi Larry Hoffman has shaped the direction of and commitment to our Movement’s ongoing spiritual growth. As the editor of our past prayer book and the formative theorist behind Mishkan Tefilah, Rabbi Hoffman has inspired generations of spiritual leaders to reconceive how worship works. His teachings guide our prayer-process. Even more—his groundbreaking “Synagogue 2000” has led the way to a new paradigm for creating community and renewing congregational vision. Synagogue transformation continues around the country thanks to his guiding insights.

And with it all—Rabbi Hoffman remains a unique Jewish voice—among the most central of this 21st century—perceiving a spirituality which enables/empowers us to confront our life experience, and “connect the dots.” More than any other teacher for our time, Rabbi Larry Hoffman speaks a spiritual path which reflects the reality of the lives we live.

Please—be part of his LT teaching…It may change the way you see the world.
Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman