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Making Prayer Real

Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer Is Difficult and What to Do about It

Rabbi Mike Comins

6 x 9, 320 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-417-7

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Fresh, Useful Perspectives on the Spiritual Dynamics of Prayer

 “Better music, better sermons and better prayer books can only go so far. Many innovations have been tried around the world, and no doubt, synagogue leadership will continue to think creatively about improving services. But deep and lasting change will only come when each of us takes ownership and responsibility for what only we can really guide—our inner lives.”

—from the Preface

Join over fifty Jewish spiritual leaders from all denominations in a candid conversation about the why and how of prayer: how prayer changes us and how to discern a response from God. In this fascinating forum, they share the challenges of prayer, what it means to pray, how to develop your own personal prayer voice, and how to rediscover meaning and God’s presence in the traditional Jewish prayer book.

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson • Rabbi Aryeh Ben David • Rabbi Anne Brener, LCSW • Rabbi Sharon Brous • Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum • Rabbi Mike Comins • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD • Rabbi Lavey Derby • Cantor Ellen Dreskin • Rabbi Diane Elliot • Reb Mimi Feigelson • Rabbi Tirzah Firestone • Rabbi Nancy Flam • Rabbi Karen Fox, DD • Dr. Tamar Frankiel • Rabbi Ethan Franzel • Rabbi Elyse Frishman • Rabbi Laura Geller • Rabbi Neil Gillman, PhD • Rabbi Shefa Gold • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein • Joel Lurie Grishaver • Rabbi Nadya Gross • Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD • Melila Hellner-Eshed, PhD • Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD • Rabbi David Ingber • Rabbi Zoë Klein • Rabbi Myriam Klotz • Rabbi Jamie Korngold • Rabbi Lawrence Kushner • Rabbi Naomi Levy • Rabbi Richard N. Levy, DD • Rabbi Sheryl Lewart • Jay Michaelson • Rabbi Linda Motzkin • Rabbi Debra Orenstein • Rabbi Nehemia Polen, PhD • Rabbi Marcia Prager • Rabbi Jeff Roth • Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi • Rabbi Rami Shapiro • Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater • Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz • Rabbi Ira Stone • Rabbi Michael Strassfeld • Dr. Linda Thal • Rabbi Abraham Twerski, MD • Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg • Rabbi Zari M. Weiss • Rabbi David J. Wolpe • Rabbi Shawn Zevit

“Outstanding.... Examines ... the role prayer plays in a Jew’s life both inside and outside the synagogue.”

New York Jewish Week

“[Comins] writes candidly and clearly about prayer and its potential for growth and healing, and about how to re-engage with Jewish traditional prayer.”

ForeWord Reviews

“A wonderful introduction to the world of prayer, giving the skeptical and the unfamiliar a broad outline of understanding and a sensitive and generous permission from which to begin to experiment and explore.... Take[s] into consideration many of the obstacles that moderns struggle with in terms of understanding prayer’s purpose, and in embracing its process.... Compelling.... Jews of any background ... who are seeking to connect more deeply with God ... will find a lot of wisdom and inspiration in this book.”

Jewish Book Council Blog

“Urges us to take personal ownership of prayer and not depend on the clergy, the prayer book, the building, or the community for inspiration.... Will change the way you think about prayer ... highly recommended for academic and church libraries.”

Catholic Library World

“Effective ... makes Jewish prayer feel like ... a toolbox with many different options inside.... Demonstrates to those who have not been able to engage in a meaningful practice of Jewish prayer that doing so is within reach.... Worthwhile.”

“Not a book about theology; it is a book about spiritual practice, both individual and communal. Terrific.”

United Jewish Communities blog


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