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Fifteen years in the making, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer is a monumental achievement. Never before has such a comprehensive resource been available to those searching for answers to questions on Jewish prayer. Macy Nulman has provided, in one unique, accessible volume, information on each and every prayer recited in the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, creating an invaluable tool for study or quick reference. Prayer books are essentially cumulative anthologies that evolved over time as new prayers were added. Study of these prayers reveals insights into the history of Judaism, providing a deeper appreciation of the heritage that has sustained the Jewish people throughout the centuries. This volume, through its encyclopedic format, makes such a study easy and enjoyable. Arranged alphabetically by prayer, the encyclopedia entries include extensive liturgical information on the prayers, their composers and development, the laws and customs surrounding them, and their place in the service. All prayers, including not only prayers recited in the synagogue, but also the Grace After Meals and the prayers to be said before going to bed, prayers for special occasions such as weddings and circumcisions, prayers for the funeral ritual and for private devotion, are featured. The entries make extensive use of cross-referencing and bibliographical information to facilitate further study. In addition, the author discusses the many poetic insertions, known as piyyutim, recited on special Sabbaths, Holy Days, and festivals. Concise and easy to consult, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer contains several indexes: two title indexes - one in Hebrew and one in transliteration - as well as an index of biblical verses and a name index. Additionally, a glossary defining technical terms and vocabulary associated with the prayers is provided. This important, one-of-a-kind reference volume is ideal for scholars, students, and others who want to know more about Jewish tradition.
|Publisher:||Aronson, Jason Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.28(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.02(d)|
About the Author
A pioneer in Jewish liturgy and music education, Macy Nulman was director of the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University and an adjunct assistant professor of music at Brooklyn College. He taught the music and liturgy of the synagogue service at the Department of Adult Education of Brooklyn College and was on the faculty of the American Theater Wing, which instituted a training program in Jewish music and liturgy for returning World War II veterans. A co-founder of the Cantorial Council of America, he has edited its Journal of Jewish Music and Liturgy since 1978. The author of numerous articles on Jewish liturgy and Jewish music education, he has written several books, including The Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music, Concepts of Jewish Music and Prayer, Wedding Service, Sabbath Chants, and Maariv Chants.
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This highly valuable work gives the source of almost every prayer found in the Jewish prayerbook. It is especially helpful in regard to little known parts of the liturgy. A highly valuable work.