Rabbi Ellie Kaunfer

Three Radical Blessings on Nature

See this in my timzoneTeaching in English at 11:00am EST from the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan | Presented by Mechon Hadar

Prayer is an opportunity to become aware of nature. The rabbis of the Talmud recognized this in their formulations of three blessings that are familiar but actually quite radical: The blessing for light, for separating light and darkness, and for granting wisdom to the rooster. Together we will explore these blessings and their literary background in an effort to uncover deeper meaning within them, and in our own experience of nature.

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kaunfer2015Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010). You can continue to learn about the prayerbook with Elie through Project Zug, Hadar’s online learning tool that pairs Israeli and Diaspora Jews to learn courses together in Bible, Talmud, Jewish philosophy, Art and more.