From Narrow Places:
Liturgy, Poetry, and Art of the Pandemic Era
From Narrow Places gives language and imagery to the Jewish spiritual creativity that is still holding us up through the pandemic. I pray that speedily in our days we will look back at this volume as a testimony to how Jews of one era weathered a crisis and emerged even stronger. For now, it chronicles how the richness of Jewish living, full and fluid, is holding us up in these challenging days. I will confess: each page unlocked doors to my unexamined disappointments, sorrows and even deep joys. Many tears, but good ones.
Rabbi Vanessa Ochs, PhD
Professor, Department of Religious Studies
University of Virginia
For too many, prayer is a vending machine experience and so unsurprisingly it no longer works. And then there are the poets and liturgists in this heart opening collection From Narrow Places who know prayer is a powerful way of consciously surrendering to the mystery and exquisite bittersweetness of Life. This collection of prayers will inspire and enchant you – the real job prayer is supposed to get done.
Rabbi Irwin Kula
Co-President of CLAL
The materials created by Bayit have helped me so much during this pandemic. My community has been elevated because of them. This work is a beautiful gift to all of us. Thank you, Bayit creators, for sharing your wisdom and talents.
Rabbi Sabine Meyer
Tree of Life Congregation
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