My People's Prayer Book, Volume 2: The Amidah
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My People's Prayer Book, Volume 2: The Amidah

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My People's Prayer Book provides 9 diverse and exciting commentaries to the traditional liturgy, written by some of today's most respected scholars and teachers from all perspectives of the Jewish world. They explore the text from the perspectives of ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as feminist, halakhic, medieval, linguistic, biblical, Chasidic, mystical, an...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Jewish Lights Publishing
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Simcha Wood
The second volume of the My People's Prayer Book series provides an introduction to the amidah. This series is clearly targeted toward a non-Orthodox Jewish audience, but many (though not all) of the commentators involved in this volume take an approach that is appreciative of the tradition and halakhah of Jewish prayer.

As with the first volume in this series, My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 1: TraditionalPrayers, Modern Commentaries--The Sh'ma and Its Blessings, the commentary in this volume is u...more
Adam Glantz
Another strong offering from the My People's Prayer Book series. Some interesting ideas from this volume:

1. The Amidah is a daily set of prayers that establish the Jewish conversation WITH the Divine, as opposed to the previous Sh'ma, which expresses the Jewish belief ABOUT the Divine.

2. Traditionally, the Amidah is seen to compose three rubrics: Beginning prayers of praise, ending prayers of thanksgiving, and the more recently-composed prayers of petition in the middle -- the last are abridged...more
Craig J.
"My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 2: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Amidah by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman (1998)"
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