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Gurian’s five book Torah
project is unique, as far as I know. Gurian
has written inspiring
poetry in English for every chapter of the Torah, which can help renew
Jewish spirituality, and help non-Jews, who are familiar with the
Hebrew Bible, grow spiritually, and experience the beauty of God’s
Stuart Altshuler, Chapman University
Gurian's readings and poetry provide the perfect means for lifting the
spiritual needs and desires of our congregation. Part of the
special appeal of the services built around these readings is increased
congregational attendance, participation, and a heightened
experience. Personally, I find that Gurian's work speaks to
soul in a way that rote traditional prayer often does not."
Paroff, former President, Temple Beth Shalom (Conservative)
A NOTE FROM
Sabbath is the holiest day of the
week for Jews. It is a day of prayer, contemplation, and
discovery of God’s will within us. It is a day so sacred, we
admonished not only to stop working, but to pray unceasingly.
poems and prayers in this volume have become my companions during many
Sabbath days. Some of these pieces fit specific parts of
liturgy, and many of the pieces directly link to chapters and portions
of the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) that provide spiritual grounding
for Sabbath prayer.
Because everyone—Jew or non-Jew—feels
the need, from deep within, for a Sabbath day, these poems and prayers
are universal. If you are Jewish, you might notice that many
the poems and prayers directly connect with the various parts of the
Saturday service, all the way from beginning through Torah Service to
the end (and even including blessings on wine and food). If
are not Jewish, you might feel hints of a chronological order to the
poems, and by the end of the book, I hope you’ll feel that something
happened within you of a spiritual nature, even though you yourself are
not following a specific Jewish format for Sabbath services.
of these pieces can speak, I hope, not just to the Jewish soul, but the
In writing these pieces, I have had the help of
rabbis Jacob Izakson, Dov Gartenberg, and Stuart Altshuler.
thanks go out to them for their advice and tutelage. Many
also to Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane and the other synagogues,
churches, and fellowships, Jewish and Christian, that have used these
most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation
of the mystical. It is the source of all true science and
— Albert Einstein
Also by Michael Gurian