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Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service » (Reprint)

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Authors: Reuven Hammer
ISBN-13: 9780805210224, ISBN-10: 0805210229
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Date Published: January 1995
Edition: Reprint

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Author Biography: Reuven Hammer

Reuven Hammer earned his rabbinical ordination and a doctorate in theology at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He lives and teaches in Jerusalem.

Book Synopsis

This engaging and informative book provides an introduction to the liturgy of the Siddur--the Jewish prayerbook. More than a "how-to" guide, this resource deals with basic issues for the modern worshiper, the historial compilation of the Siddur, and much more.

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Hammer, a rabbi who now lives and teaches in Jerusalem, clearly discusses various aspects of Jewish prayer: its forms, history, prayerbooks, and daily order. He covers both Sabbath and holiday prayers, as well as prayers of mourning. Presenting Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform options, he offers practical advice about private prayer and about choosing a synagogue and prayerbook. He addresses issues of sexist language and the exclusion of women from many traditional formulas. Throughout, he encourages the development of deep spirituality. Highly recommended both for Jews and non-Jews.

Table of Contents

1What Is Prayer?3
2Using the Liturgy27
3Prayer in Early Israel39
4The Origins of the Synagogue60
5The Creation of the Siddur75
6The Daily Order of Prayer100
7Preparation for Prayer104
8The Shema121
9The Amida156
10Concluding Prayers198
11Sabbath and Holidays212
12Garments of Prayer: Tallit and Tefillin250
13The Blessing After Meals263
14Rites of Mourning275
15Getting Started289