The Deeper Meaning of “Avinu Malkenu”

Posted by Elie Kaunfer on February 11, 2015
Topics: Jewish Prayer

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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.

About Elie Kaunfer

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is president and CEO of the Hadar Institute, an organization committed to furthering Torah, Avodah and Hesed through Jewish learning and community building. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights). Elie holds a doctorate in liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. He has served as faculty for Wexner Heritage, Scholar-in-Residence at the Federation’s General Assembly, and has lectured widely on prayer and building grassroots Jewish communities.

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