Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D. is now a blogger!

Biblical/liturgical Hebrew translator Joel M. Hoffman just announced at his blog that his father, the greatest liturgical mind of our time, Lawrence Hoffman, has started a blog:

I’m thrilled to announce that my father, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., has just started a blog: Life and a Little Liturgy. The author of three dozen books, Rabbi Hoffman — “Dad,” to me — is a preeminent Jewish liturgist (it’s a niche market, I know, but he’s got it cornered) and leading modern Jewish philosopher.

And what does Lawrence have to say for himself in his first blog post at Life and a Little Liturgy? It goes a little something like this:

I do not usually admit this right off the bat – it is definitely a conversation stopper – but here it is: I am a liturgist. “Liturgy” is a common enough word among Christians, but it does not flow trippingly off Jewish tongues, and I am not only Jewish but a rabbi to boot. The word comes from the Greek, leitourgia, “public service,” which is how Greek civilization thought of service to the gods. The Jewish equivalent is the Temple cult of antiquity – in Hebrew, avodah, which meant the same thing, the work of serving God. That eventually morphed into what people do in church and synagogue. Christians call it liturgy; Jews call it “services.”

And then it keeps going. It’s a long post. But it’s worth it.

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One Response to Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D. is now a blogger!

  1. ML May 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Thanks for posting about this. I haven’t had as much time of late to read blogs in general, but I’ll definitely be reading Rabbi Hoffman’s blog whenever time permits (and possibly at the expense of “The Shuckle”. Nah!)