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Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service

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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.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 3rd 1995 by Schocken (first published March 29th 1994)
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Simcha Wood
Entering Jewish Prayer provides a good exploration of the history and meaning of Jewish prayer. Rabbi Hammer's book begins with a discussion of the purposes and functions of prayer and then moves on to offer a history of the development of prayer and the synagogue, and the composition of the siddur. The book then provides a discussion of the prayers themselves, including individual chapters on both the shema and the amida.

My only real gripe about this book is that, while it does quote extensivel
This was a great book when I was trying to expand my knowledge of Judaism and its prayers, recommended to me by my rabbi when I mentioned that while I knew how to pray as a Catholic, I didn't know how to pray as a Jew. The author gives you an historic background to where each prayer came from and how it relates to the current form of Jewish service. An excellent read and resource.
Ben Kintisch
Jul 17, 2007 Ben Kintisch rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Interested Praying Jews
If I had a Hammer, I'd daaven in the morning....

Ever wonder what's going on in a synagogue service beyond the "left side" English translation? Hammer is at once erudite and accessible, and provides great insights for new and experienced pray-ers.

"May you read this book and be blessed, amen."

Zach Zysman
Very good introduction into the history and meaning of Jewish Prayer. Easy read. Recommended!
Not as intro as I thought it would be, but VERY informative.
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One of those books I will keep going back to.
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