Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman is the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He’s written or edited more than 40 books; travels widely as teacher, lecturer, and consultant to synagogues, and writes a blog titled Life and a Little Liturgy.
ReformJudaism.org: You’ve pointed to the irony that Jews of antiquity invented public prayer, yet more than anyone else, Jews in modernity distrust it. What is the source of this negative attitude toward ritual?
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