Gottlieb, Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, 1878
Some years ago, a very enthusiastic young Christian Evangelical told me all about the new tradition that had been created in Evangelical circles -- the advent wreath. She was pretty excited. I didn't have the heart to tell her that she and her cohorts had simply come into awareness of a Christian tradition that had been around for quite a while -- created a very long time ago by traditional Christians and even embraced for a great many centuries by -- gasp-- Catholics! Many of us are guilty of losing sight of a treasury of even more ancient traditions from which both borrow and have sprung -- Judaism.
The One Year Holy Land Moments Devotional arrived in my mailbox. Its arrival seemed timely, with the Jewish High Holy Days approaching. I was eager to dig into its pages. This is a one year devotional with insights from both a Jewish rabbi and a Christian theologian gifts readers with an understanding of the Jewish historical, cultural, and faith perspectives that underlie the Bible readings it addresses, while simultaneously conveying the unique Christian perspective on them.
It will be well worth the extra little bit of effort required to determine the week of the year in which one begins the book, and to match ones readings to the correct week. In doing so, one opens for oneself a feast of understanding of the richness of the Jewish faith and the gifts that our Jewish older brothers and sisters have bequeathed us. Let us not forget where we came from, what ground our faith ancestors planted stakes in, whom they were and are, what stories they told and continue to tell, or how they mark and fill their days. We are inexorably tied to them, we young ones in faith -- and may they be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year this High Holy Day season.
Would you like to learn more about the Jewish High Holy Days? Click here; you'll be blessed.
Pax Christi dear ones,
I trust this finds you well,
Oh..and hey--in case you answered "no" to my shofar question (first, click the pause button on the music player at the top of the right sidebar of this blog page.)...
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