May 18, 2022, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Psalms of the Bible speak to us in ways that no other poetry does. These prayer-poems are timeless cries from the soul. And for millennia, Jews and Christians alike have turned to them for solace and comfort, seeking guidance, meaning, and hope. Our Jewish liturgy uses psalms to enhance our prayers in every service, weekdays, Shabbat, and holidays. “From sorrow to joy, despair to ecstasy, fear to wonder, awe and amazement; the psalms included in the Jewish liturgy span an immense emotional and spiritual terrain,” wrote Miriyam Glazer. This class will take us through the 150 poems that make up the psalms, looking at their structure, their moods and messages, and their relationship to our own lives. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary – all readings are in English, and participants may use any translation of the psalms that they wish.