"Add[s] a great deal to the understanding of the prayers.... [Will] appeal to an American Jewry searching for a deepened spirituality without compromising pluralism."
Jewish Book World
"By juxtaposing ... different commentaries, we get some sense of how rich, how suggestive, and how alive the words of the Shema are.... Enlightening.... [Introduces] us to the world of Jewish thought that centers around these six inexhaustible words."
Jewish Book World
"Lucidly reviews prayer's development and current structure."
"Beautifully produced ... will provide insight to the prayer service to anyone, whether an accomplished scholar or a novice seeking meaning in the prayers. The translations, which are new for this series, are quite meaningful.... A useful addition to the library of anyone who desires to find more meaning in their davenning."
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs Torchlight
"[An] outstanding guide to the siddur.... Engages the mind and heart ... [and] demonstrates the joy that can be found in the study of Jewish texts. And it challenges oneÂ’s assumptions at whatever level of understanding one brings to the text. What more could one ask of a book?"
Houston Jewish Herald-Voice
"A remarkable achievement.... The caliber of the commentaries and the beautiful format of the book make this an exceptional work."
Conservative Judaism Quarterly
"The first [prayerbook], in any language, deliberately to acknowledge and exploit the rich variety of ways in which modern Jews approach their liturgy.... Represents an important step in ... creating the tools for English-speaking JewsÂ’ greater spiritual engagement with their liturgical heritage."
CCAR Reform Jewish Quarterly
"Christian readers will be enriched by this exploration of Jewish prayer as the oldest and deepest roots of Christian prayer.... Rich."