Item description for My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 2: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Amidah (My Peoples Prayer Book #2) by Lawrence A. Hoffman...
Overview Designed to help make Jewish prayer accessible, informative, and inspiring to today's worshipers, this book in the popular series focuses on the familiar "Amidah". This clear, new translation opens up the many facets of the "Amidah" liturgy to modern worshipers.
"The prayer book is our Jewish diary of the centuries, a collection of prayers composed by generations of those who came before us, as they endeavored to express the meaning of their lives and their relationship to God. The prayer book is the essence of the Jewish soul."
My People's Prayer Book provides 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, and historical perspectives.
This stunning work, an empowering entryway to the spiritual revival of our times, enables all of us to claim our connection to the heritage of the traditional Jewish prayer book. It helps rejuvenate Jewish worship in today's world, and makes its power accessible to all. The My People's Prayer Book series belongs on the library shelf of every home, every synagogue every sanctuary of prayer.
Introductions tell the reader what to look for in the prayer service, as well as how to truly use the commentaries, to search for and find meaning in the prayer book."
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Studio: Jewish Lights Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.18" Width: 7.28" Height: 0.98" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1998
Publisher Jewish Lights Publishing
Series My Peoples Prayer Book
Series Number 2
ISBN 187904580X ISBN13 9781879045804
Availability 0 units.
More About Lawrence A. Hoffman
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, has served for more than three decades as professor of liturgy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is a world-renowned liturgist and holder of the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair in Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. His work combines research in Jewish ritual, worship and spirituality with a passion for the spiritual renewal of contemporary Judaism.His many books, written and edited, include seven volumes in the Prayers of Awe series: Who by Fire, Who by Water-Un'taneh Tokef; All These Vows-Kol Nidre; We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism-Ashamnu and Al Chet; May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism-Yizkor; All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days; Naming God: Avinu Malkeinu-Our Father, Our King; and Encountering God: El Rachum V'chanun-God Merciful and Gracious. Hoffman also edited the ten-volume series My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, winner of the National Jewish Book Award; and coedited My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional d104s, Modern Commentaries, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (all Jewish Lights).Rabbi Hoffman cofounded and developed Synagogue 2/3000, a transdenominational project to envision and implement the ideal synagogue of the spirit for the twenty-first century. In that capacity, he wrote Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life (Jewish Lights).
Reviews - What do customers think about My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 2: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Amidah?
Holiness and history Jun 9, 2007
This whole series is terrific! So much interesting information packed into such compact books! I recommend all of them highly
well done May 19, 2003
A good guide to the Amidah from varying perspectives. Unlike another reviewer, I liked the fact that the book had some "outside the mainstream" views as well as more traditional views. I hope that the authors of the next generation of Conservative and Reform prayerbooks take a hint from this book and put in more commentary to explain what our prayers are all about; a recent set of Orthodox prayerbooks, the Artscroll series, have already done so.
A very nice compendium of commentaries on "the" prayer. Dec 30, 1998
This book is the second in a series on the Jewish prayer book. It makes the intricacies of the history and meaning of the most important Jewish prayers accesible to people with little prior knowledge and interesting to people with previous experience in the area. All the comments are very good, except maybe for Ms. Falk's, who sounds to me extremely removed from Jewish mainstream. The book has an interesting presentation, Talmud-like, with commentaries around the prayer being studied; once you get used to it it's alright. The Hebrew font is very easy to read, and the translation is indeed beautiful and faithful to the original. The only "minus" is that the book contains a few "typos" which one careful reading before the actual printing could have detected.