Intention & Liturgical Change

Liturgy, Tradition, and Change

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So a historical appreciation of our liturgy reveals not that liturgy should not change, but that when it does, the structure and themes should be retained. Any new language should be drawn from either the biblical or rabbinic corpus. Above all, change should never be dictated by the whim of an individual, for that violates the very role of liturgy: to give expression to a community, transcending time and location

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Dr. Debra R. Blank

Dr. Debra R. Blank teaches liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was ordained in 1984.