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Kabbalat Shabbat
Kabbalat Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat

The Grand Unification


264 Pages, 8 x 10

Cloth, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $59.95)

Publication Date: September 2016

ISBN 9780985799649

Rights: WOR

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As Sabbath arrives on Friday evening, Jewish tradition exults in the completion of Creation. Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification, is a full-color illustrated book offering vivid new Hebrew and English illuminated paintings illustrating the full Sabbath eve liturgy and customs by Debra Band, flowing in traditional Hebrew order, translations and commentary by celebrated scholar of Hebrew poetry and Jewish liturgy, Raymond P. Scheindlin and explanations of the paintings by Debra Band. With imagery drawn from Kabbalah, midrash, the sciences and archeology, the book celebrates the spiritual glory of Creation and the wonder of its physical embodiment as we now see it through the lens of modern science. An inspirational source for prayer, spiritual study and visual pleasure, a glowing and unforgettable gift.


"This wonderful labor of love can be described in one word: beautiful. It is the beauty of unity; of bringing the heavens to our homes, of synthesizing cosmology and kabbalah together, and combining the vocal and the visual in order to open our souls to the Shabbat's inner beauty." —Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun, New York City

"Kabbalah and modern cosmology share an amazing ability to open the heart and mind to the surprising wonders of the holy creation. They both foster creativity, beauty and appreciation as expressed in Psalm 92, A Song for the Sabbath Day. Debra Band's new Kabbalat Shabbat Book is a perfect complement to this sensibility. Her meticulous and colorful illuminated paintings and calligraphy invoke nature and the cosmos, and bring both beauty and insight to the Shabbat prayers." —Dr. Howard A. Smith, Senior Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

"Kabbalat Shabbat is a rich liturgy that is uplifting in its words and beautiful melodies. Band combines spirituality with her artwork and intellectualism with her writings that enhance what is already a highlight of Shabbat to the next level. Band sets a new bar for spirituality and engagement with this work." —Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, Executive Director, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

"What an amazing work of scholarship and art! I imagine coming home from synagogue after Shabbat services, opening this masterpiece and welcoming the angels, then turning the page and sanctifying the Shabbat with the kiddush! What better way to usher in the beauty of Shabbat?" —Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Ohev Shalom, the National Synagogue 

"A contemporary masterpiece, a visual feast for art and Judaica lovers." —Jewish Woman Magazine

"Band's great accomplishment has been to create art--skilled, erudite and sensual--and commentary that gives us the bigger picture." —Hadassah Magazine

"This is a book to savor slowly and deeply." —Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor, Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

Author Biography

Debra Band is an artist whose work in Hebrew illuminated manuscripts draws upon her love of both the manuscript arts and Jewish texts and tradition. She is the author and illuminator of The Song of Songs, I Will Wake the Dawn, and Arise! Arise! –the latter two in collaboration with Arnold J. Band. She resides in the Washington DC area. Raymond P. Scheindlin is Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for 22 years. He is the author of more than 25 books and was recently named as the 2016 Templeton Prize laureate. Dr. Arthur Green is the rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought.