This engaging and informative book provides an introduction to the liturgy of the Siddurthe Jewish prayerbook. More than a "how-to" guide, this resource deals with basic issues for the modern worshiper, the historial compilation of the Siddur, and much more.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
REUVEN HAMMER earned his rabbinical ordination and a doctorate in theology at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He lives and teaches in Jerusalem.
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As a Gentile learning about Judaism I went into Hammer's book with two hopes. One was to learn what happens in a Jewish worship service so I would not feel totally lost when I eventually attend one. In this respect, the book did not fulfill my hopes fully. Hammer seemed to be one of those authors who loves his subject so much and knows so much about it that he can't resist telling you too much. He delved into historical minutiae that simply made my mind wander. He did cover the subject, he just let each chapter give too much information.My second hope was that I would get insight in a self-help sort of perspective in teaching me how to pray. How to make prayer a meaningful part of my life. In this respect, the final chapter of the book was helpful. A short chapter called "Getting Started" it gave sensible and down to earth advice about what is required for prayer and how to achieve it.I only wish the whole book had been as concise as the last chapter.