Elie Kaunfer discusses the deeper meaning of “Avinu Malkenu”. How does our understanding of a prayer alter once we know who wrote it? How do human relationships filter into prayers to God? We will look at the story of the writing of Avinu Malkenu – Our Father, Our King – to explore these questions.
Rabbi 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 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).