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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 Books Inc (first published March 29th 1994)
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Simcha Wood
Jul 02, 2011 Simcha Wood rated it really liked it
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
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Aryeh
Mar 30, 2015 Aryeh rated it liked it
Started off with this one because it was recommended, and I think maybe I set it up for failure by having too high hopes. The theology and order is sound (it's based on order of service, so it's logical and a good reference), but was really just not wowed by the writing style. Also, author admits to the huge issue of strongly gendered language…except that he only mentions it in the last chapter AFTER he's done it himself throughout. Good book for reference/history, and I'll probably try to acqui ...more
Ben Kintisch
Jul 17, 2007 Ben Kintisch rated it liked it
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."

Jenny
Jun 19, 2007 Jenny rated it really liked it
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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.
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