Rabbi Larry Hoffman

January 27, 2014

Ritual is critical to us as people and as Jews, Yet often ritual is something that is done without really appreciating what is happening. This lecture will explore what we get from engaging in ritual and how ritual can lead us to a theology. Additionally, Rabbi Hoffman will address how we respond to traditional critiques of ritual that from the great thinkers of psychology, sociology, and economic theory.

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. He has written and edited many books, including May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, the My People’s Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries series, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Rabbi Hoffman is a developer of Synagogue 3000, a transdenominational project designed to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century.