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My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 1: TraditionalPrayers, Modern Commentaries--The Sh'ma and Its Blessings

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This momentous, critically-acclaimed series is truly a people's prayer book, one that provides a diverse and exciting commentary to the traditional liturgy. It will help modern men and women find new wisdom and guidance in Jewish prayer, and bring the liturgy into their lives. It also has received significant attention in the Christian world.The major sections of the praye ...more
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Jewish Lights Publishing
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Simcha Wood
The first volume of the My People's Prayer Book series provides an introduction to the sh'ma and its attendant blessings. This series is clearly targeted toward a non-Orthodox Jewish audience, but takes an approach that is appreciative of the tradition and halakhah of Jewish prayer.

I found this book to be somewhat less impressive than the fifth volume (Birkhot Hashachar) which I recently reviewed. Perhaps because this is the earliest book in the series, the quality and depth of the commentary is
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Adam Glantz
The first in a series that provides a detailed analysis of the Jewish liturgy, this book examines the central Jewish profession of faith: the Sh'ma, along with its attendant blessings and the preceding call to prayer. As with any classic Jewish work, each page of text is surrounded by marginal notes, offering different scholarly interpretations. Some themes and ideas that I found interesting were

1. The liturgy evolved with changes in social structure and technology, from relatively free jazz-lik
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