Two Models of Jewish Spirituality

A Close Look at the First and Last Psalms

Dr. Benjamin Sommer

The editor of the book of Psalms chose to begin with Psalm 1 and end with Psalm 150—two texts that seem so far apart to be in different universes. Why did they do this? What do they think about spirituality? Are they more misnagidische or more hasidishce (the Hasidim and their opponents)? Recorded live at the Community Beit Midrash Kickoff Event, 2015.