"Yoel Kahn's work is fascinating and significant. This work will interest not only specialists in the area and scholars of religion more broadly, but also learned readers generally. The larger issues of the construction and maintenance of social and religious identity, presented here through the vehicle of liturgical and ritual enactment, are timely and important."--Richard S. Sarason, Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
"What does it signify when Jews thank God for not making them gentiles or men thank God that they are not women? Kahn's sweeping study of the evolving texts and meanings of these "blessings of identity" provides insights simultaneously into the histories of Jewish liturgy, of Jewish women, and of Christian-Jewish relations."--Ruth Langer, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Theology Department, Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College
"The book is written in clear, accessible prose that should make Kahn's study available even to nonspecialists in a wide variety of settings."--Religious Studies Review
Both scholars and educated people will greatly benefit from reading The Three Blessings. It can serve as a wonderful tool for all those who wish to delve deeper into questions of liturgy and theory, the tension between the written word and religious practice, liturgical innovations as a form of linguistic resistance, and Jewish response to changing historical realities-all presented in a clear, well-documented, scholarly as well as religious voice."--Shofar
Yoel Kahn was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union. He is now the Rabbi of Congregation Beth El, an innovative Reform synagogue in Berkeley, California. He brings scholarship and the empathy of a practitioner to his research on the lived experience of prayer across the generations.