Explore the profound, perplexing and persuasive power of Un'taneh Tokef, one of the most beloved, prominent and controversial pieces in the Ashkenazi High Holy Day liturgy. Interact with thoughtprovoking and inspiring discussions on all aspects of this prayer that defies easy understanding--its moral challenge, fatalistic theology, proclamation of God's holiness, call to human responsibility and prescription for redemption.
Who by Fire, Who by Water--Un'taneh Tokef features traditional Hebrew text with a new translation that lets you know exactly what the prayer says. Introductions provide the foundations for the prayer--its history, authorship and legend. Commentaries from men and women, scholars and rabbis, artists and poets from all major Jewish denominations examine Un'taneh Tokef from the viewpoints of the ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as halakhic, Talmudic, linguistic, biblical, mystical, feminist, community and personal perspectives.