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Dan Medwin Visual Tfilah Thesis

Dan Medwin Visual Tfilah Thesis

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Advisor: Rabbi Richard Levy
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of ReligionSchool of Rabbinic Studies, Los Angeles, CaliforniaSubmitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Ordination, 2010
V
ISUAL
T’
FILAH
Historical Antecedents
and
Guide to Best Practices
Daniel Bloom Medwin
 
Acknowledgements
Special thanks to the following people for their support and encouragement,without whom this thesis would never have seen the light of day:Rabbi Richard Levy
Student 
Rabbi Lydia MedwinRabbi Michele MedwinSteve MedwinRachel MedwinRabbi Billy DreskinDr. Dvora WeisbergA number of people have been supportive of Visual T’filah and its development,the lessons from which appear in the Guide to Best Practices:Rabbi Hara PersonRabbi Zoë KleinRabbi Rick KellnerRandy SchwabRabbi Mark MillerRabbi Paul KipnesCantor Doug Cotler
 
Table of Contents:
Introduction
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Part 1: The Historical Antecedents of Visual T’filah
3
The Development of Synagogue Services
3The Technology of Sacred Text Containers
10The Value of Art in Jewish Prayer
21The Second Commandment and Other Objections to Art
27Synagogue Art and Illuminated Manuscripts in Relation to Visual T’filah
32Ancient Synagogue Art in Worship Spaces
34Illuminated Manuscripts
78Bibliography
81ImageSources

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