The Mourner’s Kaddish – A New Interpretation
On May 21, 2019, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer joined us in the beit midrash to explore the essence of the kaddish, moving on an interpretive journey that has implications for all prayers we read. Along the way we encountered the power of the kaddish, a poignant depiction of God’s relationship with us, and what people can offer the Divine.
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.