Illuminating the Holiday Prayers

New Volume in Mitokh Ha-Ohel Series Shares Insight and Inspiration from University Scholars 

In Judaism, lengthy holiday prayer services can inspire reactions that range from uplifted to frustrated. The text, the additional services, the Torah and Haftarah readings, while intended to convey the themes and significance of these special days, can often seem foreign to many congregants. To address this challenge, a wide range of scholars and rabbis from Yeshiva University have come together to present their writings on the holiday prayers in the latest volume in the Mitokh Ha-Ohel series, Mitokh Ha-Ohel: Essays on the Festival Prayers. The collection of over 30 essays seeks to enlighten, inspire and clarify the Yom Tov prayers for readers of all ages.

mitokh haohel yom tovLike previous volumes of Mitokh Ha-Ohel, contributors to the latest volume come from every division of the University and bring a range of approaches to the text including textual analysis, homiletic exposition, halachic analysis and academic exploration, but share the common goals of honoring, exploring and elucidating the text.

“The cycle of Jewish festivals is rich with the profound expression of the foundations of Jewish life, law, and lore,” said Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman, a rosh yeshiva at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, who co-edited the book together with Dr. Stuart W. Halpern, chief of staff at YU. “Rarely are we able to direct enough attention so that we gain even a fraction of what we can from the experience. The broad and diverse faculty of Yeshiva University is uniquely qualified to reveal, highlight, and illuminate the gems embedded within the Jewish calendar.”

The Mitokh Ha-Ohel series is co-published by Maggid Books, a division of Koren Publishers Jerusalem and Yeshiva University. Maggid Books offer new approaches to Jewish texts and themes from the world’s leading rabbis, scholars and philosophers. Other Maggid titles from the Maggid-Yeshiva University partnership include: Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought; Derashot LeDorot: A Commentary for the Ages, a five-volume parasha series by Rabbi Norman Lamm; The Philosophical Quest: Of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakha by Rabbi J. David Bleich; False Facts and True Rumors: Lashon Hara in Contemporary Culture by Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman.