Rabbi Karyn Kedar, senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, IL, is widely recognized as an inspiring leader who guides people in their spiritual and personal growth.
She joins Rabbi Richard Address on this week’s Seekers of Meaning Podcast for a conversation about her new book, Amen: Seeking Presence with Prayer, Poetry, and Mindfulness Practice.
Prayer is an articulation of our noblest desires, our deepest yearnings, and our darkest places. The prayers in this collection speak directly to the complexity of human life–whether you seek expression for joy, wonder, perplexity, or heartache, for personal use or for your community, you will find here a voice for your experience that will help you linger in the blessings and move forward through the pain. This collection includes prayers for personal use, prayers for use at communal gatherings, prayers and readings for moments of grief and moments of joy, a collection of daily Psalms, and focus phrases and questions for meditation. These readings for contemplative practice and communal gatherings will aid in the search for clarity, for strength beyond what we know, and for an affirmation of holiness, of goodness, of the grandeur of God.
Watch the conversation in this video player.
Listen to the conversation as a podcast.
About the Guest
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar is an author, poet, spiritual counselor, inspirational speaker and the senior rabbi at Congregation BJBE. Her published books include God Whispers, The Dance of the Dolphin (Our Dance with God) and The Bridge to Forgiveness, and Omer: A Counting. She is also published in numerous anthologies and has created liturgy, rituals and ceremonies.
Rabbi Kedar teaches courses and designs retreats on finding meaning and purpose in our busy lives, creating a prayerful and intentional life, spiritual awakening, forgiveness and intentional leadership. She offers workshops in engagement, vision and creating the synagogue for the 21st century.
A meaningful and purposeful life is revealed by vision and imagination, the persistent pursuit of light and the practice of kindness.
She and her husband Ezra are the proud parents of Talia, Moti, Shiri and Ilan and grandparents of Lihi and Maya all who live in Israel.