“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.
The sixth volume probes the theological complexities of human nature as presented in Tachanun, the prayers that acknowledge human sin and petition divine pardon. It also illuminates the prayers that conclude the standard Jewish service: Kaddish, Alenu, and K’dushah D’Sidra; and provides a detailed treatment of Maimonides’ thirteen principles of faith. The personal call for judgment combined with hope for the universal reign of God define Judaism as a religion for individuals and the world, with a liturgy that affirms both.
Vol. 6—Tachanun and Concluding Prayers features the traditional Hebrew text with a new translation that lets people know exactly what the prayers say. Introductions explain what to look for in the prayer service, and how to truly use the commentaries to find meaning in the prayer book. Commentaries from eminent scholars and teachers from all movements of Judaism examine Tachanun and Concluding Prayers from the viewpoints of ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as a myriad of other perspectives.
Even those not yet familiar with the prayer book can appreciate the spiritual richness of Tachanun and Concluding Prayers. My People’s Prayer Book enables all worshipers, of any denomination, to create their own connection to 3,000 years of Jewish experience with the world and with God.
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."