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To Pray As a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service » (Reissue)

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Authors: Hayim H. Donin
ISBN-13: 9780465086337, ISBN-10: 0465086330
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Basic Books
Date Published: October 1991
Edition: Reissue

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Author Biography: Hayim H. Donin

Hayim Halevy Donin established himself as an incomparable teacher and interpreter of Jewish law and practice through his classic book To Be a Jew. For twenty years he was Rabbi of Congregation B’nai David in Southfield, Michigan, where he was also Adjunct Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Detroit. Rabbi Donin held a Ph.D. in Education and was also the founder and president of the Akiva Hebrew Day School in Detroit.

Book Synopsis

"Rabbi Donin offers a detailed guide to Jewish prayer which takes the reader through the entire prescribed course of Jewish liturgy, offering historical background, religious teaching, and practical in"

Hadassah Magazine

A lucid and sensitive guide for those who would like to pray Jewishly but don't know how.... A boon to both Jewish teachers and laymen.

Table of Contents

Chronology of Ages in Jewish Historyxxiii
Key to Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in Citationsxxiv
Contemporary Works Mentioned in Citationsxxvi
Key to Pronunciation of Transliterated Wordsxxvii
Chapter 1The Quest for Spirituality9
Chapter 2To Feel at Home in the Synagogue: Knowing What to do23
Chapter 3The Shemoneh Esrei: the Amidah of "Eighteen" Blessings69
Chapter 4The Amidah for the Sabbath and Festivals109
Chapter 5Kedushah and Other Additions to the Amidah122
Chapter 6The Shema and its Blessings144
Chapter 7The Verses of Song--Pesukei d'Zimra (The Introductory Prayers)167
Chapter 8The Morning Blessings--Birkhot Hashahar (The Preliminary Prayers)183
Chapter 9Supplications and Other Supplementary Prayers202
Chapter 10The Kaddish216
Chapter 11Responses in Prayer227
Chapter 12The Torah Reading Service231
Chapter 13Welcoming the Sabbath: Kabbalat Shabbat256
Chapter 14Prayers for Special Occasions264
Chapter 15The Grace After Meals: Birkat Hamazon284
Chapter 16The Blessings Before Eating: Birkhot Hanehenin305
Chapter 17Home Prayers for Sabbaths and Festivals319
Chapter 18Rules Relating to the Prayer Service337
Epilogue: The Ethical Dimension of Jewish Prayer357
AppendixA Table of Torah and Haftarah Readings for the Festivals and Other Special Occasions363
Index to Jewish Values and Principles of Faith367