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A Guide to Jewish Prayer [Paperback]

By Adin Steinsaltz (Author)
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One of the world's leading rabbis offers a complete guide to the principles, rituals, and practice of Jewish prayer as he discusses prayers for every occasion--from everyday petitions to holiday rites--and answers questions about Jewish holidays, scriptural readings, the role of the rabbi and cantor, the use of music, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

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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 to arise about Jewish prayer. Here are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Bible readings; the history and make-up of the synagogue; the different prayer rites for Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenites, and other cultural/geographic groupings; the role of the rabbi and the cantor in the synagogue; and the role of music in the service.
The book also contains a glossary, a bibliography, and biographical sketches of the rabbis who were instrumental in creating and ordering the prayers through the ages.
Rabbi Steinsaltz's guide is an essential volume both for the newcomer to Jewish prayer and for those who have been engaged in prayer for years.

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Studio: Schocken
Pages   464
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.22" Height: 1.22"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 5, 2002
Publisher   Schocken
ISBN  0805211470  
ISBN13  9780805211474  

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More About Adin Steinsaltz

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is internationally renowned as the author of a landmark commentary on the Talmud, twenty-two volumes of which have been published in English by Random House.He is also the author of many books of Jewish thought, among them The Thirteen-Petalled Rose and, most recently, Simple Words.Rabbi Steinsaltz lectures throughout the world and has been a resident scholar at both Yale University and the Institute for Advanced Study.He lives in Israel with his family.

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Adin Steinsaltz has an academic affiliation as follows - New York, New York.

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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > History of Religion
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > Jewish Life
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A help to better prayer   Dec 15, 2004
There are a number of good books on the subject of Jewish Prayer. Seth Kadish's ' Kavvana' perhaps does most to explain the actual problems a Jew faces in praying in the proper way. There are books by Haim Donin, by Rabbi Munk who provides great insight into the meaning of the prayers, by many others. Rabbi Steinsaltz is a great Talmid Chacham and his work provides a most detailed explanation of the meaning of prayer and of various individual prayers. I have read parts of the work and learned from them . I highly recommend this work for all those who would know its meaning in a richer way.
For those who wonder why  Dec 12, 2004
This is a largely a how-to book written by a Jew for primarily a Jewish audience. The primariy focus is on the order of prayer as used through the use of a Siddur. I found the background to why certain traditions exist interesting (my primary motive for reading it), but found the many chapters devoted to what order certain aspects are performed on what occasions taxing. In fairness, this is primarily because I'm not Jewish, not because of the writing. However, for the Jewish person wondering why they do certain things at certain times, this book will prove to be very educating.

I did find the discussion of how the certain traditions relate to the Bible or the Torah a bit lacking, since the text largely is devoted to syntax and order of the tradition, not the reasons. In summation, for a Jewish reader, this book will prove to be extremely helpful for your studies. For the non-Jewish reader, unless you are scholarly this may not be the best choice for you.
excellent guide  Sep 5, 2001
As most books of Even-Israel (or Steinsaltz) this is a highly readable book, clearly explaining the traditions and regulations of prayer. Read it once to get a basic grip, and then keep it as a reference work.
Steinsaltz is a Great Gift to us All  Jan 10, 2001
The above reviewer spoke for me. I'll only add that for beginners or those not steeped in Judaica, or for those not Jewish, who want to get his work, I recommend starting with "The Thirteenth Petalled Rose." It's short, exquisite and an excellent introduction to this also great book
Accessible  Sep 22, 2000
Our Talmud group studied from Rabbi Steinsaltz's translations. He is a tremendous scholar, but writes accessibly for the layperson. Where some rabbis of this stature are cool and arrogant, R. Steinsaltz is warm. Most importantly, he makes *you* feel like a scholar, even if you don't read a bit of Hebrew.

--Yitzhak Ya'akov ben Yosef


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