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On Cooking and Prayer

I have occasionally compared liturgical worship with ballroom dancing?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùuntil you’ve had a fair bit of practice, you feel awkward and self-conscious doing it. The Velveteen Rabbi introduces me to another great metaphor: cooking.

Tinkering with the liturgy can create amazing changes, or disastrous ones. A renewed and revived liturgy can open hearts and awaken dormant connection with community and with God — or it can turn people off in a major way. It’s like tinkering with recipes. A proficient cook knows what recipes she loves, what old favorites she never changes, and also where she likes to add curry powder even though it’s not called-for. The best cooks I know are innovative, not bound to what’s printed on the page — but they also have a firm grounding in the classics. Giving an old recipe a new twist is most meaningful if you know what the old recipe tasted like in the first place.

Now there’s food for thought! 🙂

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