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A Guide to Jewish Prayer

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One of the world's most famous and respected rabbis has given us the one guide we need to practice Jewish prayer and understand the prayer book.

From the origins and meaning of prayer to a step-by-step explanation of the daily services to the reason you're not supposed to chat with your friends during the service, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely t
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Schocken (first published September 19th 2000)
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Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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This was all halaḥah (all the whats, wheres, whens and hows). Trouble is I was looking for more the whys.

The historical background of the evolution of Jewish prayer and the small parts on the ritual objects and music were very interesting. However, the breaking apart of the various services was based on the assumption that you know what these prayers are to begin with. You would then have gotten more out of the variations between the different rites. However, there is a lot of this group does th
When I read Hammer's Entering Jewish Prayer, his erudition makes me as mindful as if I were in prayer. When I read Steinsaltz's A Guide to Jewish Prayer, I turned to it as a reference guide. It is excellent in that capacity, discussing the order of services with details of how the prayer rites differ between Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenite, and other communities. Thank goodness for the extensive appendices--I found myself turning to the glossary constantly when I didn't remember the names of eac ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
It was interesting, but a bit above my level. I felt at times that I needed a companion to give a beginner's level explanation. It was also a bit more in-depth in the minutiae than I would have liked.
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is an excellent book for a hasidic understanding of prayer. The Introduction is worth the price of the book. For a straight guide to the siddur and Jewish synagogue ritual, I prefer Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin's To Pray as a Jew.
Apr 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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steinsaltz's practical approach with explanation is invaluable to understanding jewish prayer.
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Insanely detailed.
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May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good reference for all as I think everyone can glean something from this book. Not a book I recommend reading cover to cover - but great to read in sections or for looking up topics of interest.
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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (Hebrew: עדין שטיינזלץ) or Adin Even Yisrael (Hebrew: עדין אבן ישראל) is internationally regarded as one of the leading rabbis of this century. The author of many books, he is best known for his monumental translation of and commentary on the Talmud. Rabbi Steinsaltz founded the Israel Institute for Talmudic Publications. Under its aegis, he has published to date 58 books on ...more
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