Catholic and Dominican Institute

The Book of Psalms: A Gift in Times of Need

February 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Kaplan Family Library DC 218

On Tuesday, February 21, Rabbi Dan Polish will present "The Book of Psalms: A Gift in Times of Need."

The Book of Psalms is the most beloved book in Hebrew Scriptures. Many people read and pray it every day. It forms the basis of the liturgies of the Jewish and Christian tradition. But there is another face to the Book of Psalms. People turn to it in times of need. It talks to the difficulties and challenges of our own lives. How can we make use of this book at the hard times in our own lives. We will explore the Book of Psalms and talk about the way it can become a real “friend in need”.

This event is co-sponsored by CDI and the Kaplan Family Library. The St. John's Bible will be on display at this event.

This is a FYE College Connection event.

Rabbi Daniel F. Polish

Rabbi Daniel F. Polish is an accomplished author and scholar. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University and completed his rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He earned his doctoral degree at Harvard University.

Rabbi Polish has served as a leader of national Jewish organizations: as Associate Director and Director of the Washington Office of the Synagogue Council of America; and as the Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism; He is currently spiritual leader of Congregation Shir Chadash, in New York’s Hudson Valley. In addition to teaching at the Mount, he has taught at Harvard, Tufts, Occidental College and at his alma mater, Hebrew Union College.

A frequent teacher of both Jewish and Christian audiences, he has addressed interfaith gatherings in places such as Warsaw, Seville, Istanbul, Berlin, Jerusalem, New Delhi, and Bangladesh. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious consultations -- the official Jewish interlocutor with the Vatican and other international religious bodies. He is a published poet and has written articles for numerous scholarly and popular journals. His book reviews appear regularly in the Journal Of Eccumenical Studies. Among his books are Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms; Keeping Faith with the Psalms: Deepen Your Relationship with God Using the Book of Psalms; and Talking About God: Exploring the Meaning of Religious Life with Kierkegaard, Buber, Tilich, and Heschel.

Rabbi Polish