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Bibil Identifier bibil:202358
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Morning Ritual in the Talmud
Title (English, ) The Reconstitution of One's Body and Personal Identity through the Blessings
Author Marx, Dalia
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 77)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Year (Second publication) 2006
Language English
Pages 103-129 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The simple, routine acts of going to sleep each night and awakening each morning were perceived by the Rabbis as experiences not without facets of crisis. This arti­cle examines the talmudic liturgical response that came to help people cope with this daily (even if minor) crisis. The liturgical body of the Morning Blessings (birkhot hashaḥar) is found in the Babylonian Talmud, Berakhot 6ob. This sequence of blessings will be discussed in light of the theory of rites of passage that was first ar­ticulated by Arnold Van Gennep and later developed by Victor Turner. This theory deals with rituals that are performed at the essential crossroads of life; such rituals not only mark a transition in status, but also effect it.
The article examines the narrative created by the sequence of the Morning Bless­ings, and aims to demonstrate that together they comprise a qualitative transforma­tional experience helping the one who recites them to make a transition from the nocturnal state of existence to the daytime. This is a relatively minor transition, but its goal is apparently to move from a status of symbolic death to a state of life and activity, of control, enterprise, and appropriate Jewish lifestyle.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Rites of passage
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