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Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer Is Difficult and What to Do about It

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Fresh, Useful Perspectives on the Spiritual Dynamics of Prayer

"Better music, better sermons and better prayer books can only go so far. Many innovations have been tried around the world, and no doubt, synagogue leadership will continue to think creatively about improving services. But deep and lasting change will only come when each of us takes ownership and responsibility
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Margaret Klein
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In Judaism there is a tension between communal prayer which is what we do most, and individual prayer. This book is an important book as we prepare for Yom Kippur. It is a book to be savored. Not read all in one setting. Not even read straight through. It is a book that slows prayer down, making it the conversation it was meant to be. It is a book that gives us real tools and practices that we can use, either individually or in community. It is a book that can be studied by ritual committees, ...more
Jacqueline
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I needed a book to bolster me spiritually and this book was helpful. It's a good book for someone searching to redefine their prayer needs and beliefs. While it makes a good argument for using prayer for a transcendent experience rather than a vending machine one(praying for what you want), it doesn't discount the need of individuals to make soulful pleas in troubled times. My copy will stay on my bookshelf with lots of sticky notes and underlined passages. Favorite quotes:

"Prayer allows us the
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