All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days

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About the Author
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, has served for more than three decades as professor of liturgy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is a world-renowned liturgist and holder of the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair in Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. His work combines research in Jewish ritual, worship and spirituality with a passion for the spiritual renewal of contemporary Judaism.His many books, written and edited, include seven volumes in the Prayers of Awe series: Who by Fire, Who by Water-Un'taneh Tokef; All These Vows-Kol Nidre; We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism-Ashamnu and Al Chet; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism-Yizkor; All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days; Naming God: Avinu Malkeinu-Our Father, Our King; and Encountering God: El Rachum V'chanun-God Merciful and Gracious. Hoffman also edited the ten-volume series My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and coedited My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (all Jewish Lights).Rabbi Hoffman cofounded and developed Synagogue 2/3000, a transdenominational project to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century. In that capacity, he wrote Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life (Jewish Lights).

This set of essays begins with the suggestion that the word "all," when used in the high holiday liturgy, is meant to universalize the prayers to be applicable and inclusive of all humanity. From that proposal, a diverse group of scholars proceed to explore many aspects of the High Holiday prayers, as well as some prayers that are recited year-round, such as the Prayer for the State of Israel. Rabbis from Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox streams are all represented among the authors. While the prayers are a jumping off point for the essays, the exploration of universalism vs. particularism in Judaism branches out from there. There are most definitely some gems of thought and interpretation in this volume. Notes. Glossary.

--Arnold D. Samlan "Jewish Book Council "