Opens up the traditional Jewish prayer book as a spiritual resource....This groundbreaking new series involves us in a personal dialogue with God, history and tradition, through the heritage of prayer.
“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.”
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.
Vol. 10—Shabbat Morning: Shacharit and Musaf (Morning and Additional Services) features the authentic Hebrew text with a new translation that lets people know exactly what the prayers say. Introductions explain what to look for in the prayers, and how to truly use the commentaries to find meaning in the prayer book.
Framed with beautifully designed Talmud-style pages, commentaries from many of today’s most respected Jewish scholars from all movements of Judaism examine Shacharit and Musaf from the perspectives of ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as feminist, halakhic, Talmudic, linguistic, biblical, Chasidic, mystical, and historical perspectives.
Marc Brettler: Our Biblical Heritage
Elliot N. Dorff: Theological Reflections
David Ellenson: How the Modern Prayer Book Evolved
Ellen Frankel: A Woman’s Voice
Alyssa Gray: Our Talmudic Heritage
Joel M. Hoffman: What the Prayers Really Say
Lawrence A. Hoffman: History of the Liturgy
Lawrence Kushner and Nehemia Polen: Chasidic and Mystical Perspectives
Daniel Landes: The Halakhah of Prayer
Ivan G. Marcus: Medieval Piety
Gordon Tucker: Sacred Calendar
Praise for the My People’s Prayer Book, Volume 10: Shabbat Morning: Shacharit and Musaf (Morning and Additional Services)
"A remarkable collection.... An empowering entryway to the spiritual revival of our times.... A virtual pantheon of liturgical and historical scholars help make the ancient siddur come alive and show us its beauty, splendor and majesty. For every Jew and non-Jew who wants to fathom the mysteries of Jewish prayer."
—Jewish Media Review
"Creative.... An excellent resource for both teachers and students ... or personal growth."
—Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
Praise for the My People’s Prayer Book series
"Nothing like [this series] exists anywhere.... A lifelong resource."
"Perspectives from ancient rabbis and modern-day theologians ... transform what is said by rote in shul into a deeply spiritual experience."
—Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
"An outstanding addition to the literature of Jewish life.... The reader can discover levels of meaning that seldom have been available to the laity. This series offers the possibility of a renewed appreciation of Jewish prayer."
—Church & Synagogue Library Association
"A spectacular series of commentaries on the Siddur which makes it come alive in a way that no other companion book of study can possibly do. A must for every serious Jew."
—Jewish Media Review
"[This series] is like exploring the molecular structure of a diamond to discover why the gems surface glitters with such brilliance."
—Jewish Book World
"An unparalleled creative exercise in its field.... The opportunities for learning and personal and spiritual growth ... [are] almost limitless."