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Recognizing the Good: Writing Jewish Prayers and Poems of Gratitude

April 24, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Monday, repeating until May 22, 2023

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April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2023
12:00–1:30 p.m. EST

Judaism offers many opportunities to express gratitude, from the morning blessing Modeh Ani to Shabbat and holidays. To inspire poetic and liturgical writing, join us for a deep dive into the Jewish language of gratitude – hakarat hatov. Among our explorations: gratitude as a spiritual practice; hidden meanings in the language of gratitude; language that undermines gratitude; and the connection between prayer and gratitude. We’ll learn together and write from the heart.

Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. An American Israeli liturgist, lyricist, poet, author, and educator, Alden is the Liturgist-in-Residence for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Alden teaches prayer and spirituality throughout the world. Based in Jerusalem, his six solo books include These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Langauge of Torah,This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings, and This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer, all published by CCAR Press. A regular contributor to Ritualwell and a member of the Ritualwell Immersion faculty, his work is anthologized in more than 20 other volumes across the religious spectrum. Alden also contributes regularly to RavBlog, ReformJudaism.org, and the Times of Israel. He’s a three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism. Alden made aliyah to Jerusalem in 2012. See his work at www.tobendlight.com. Alden can be reached at alden@tobendlight.com.


All sessions will be recorded and sent to participants. We encourage live attendance for you to get the most out of the experience.


April 24, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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