“A new comprehensive guide to Jewish prayer, answering the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of Jewish Prayer in a user-friendly and in-depth format”

The How and Why of Jewish Prayer- for Men & Women (728 pg. hard cover 6”x9”) was 15 years in the making. This Halachic guidebook to prayer, is a veritable encyclopedia packed with useful information for the beginner as well as for the practiced Davener. Chapter headings include:

• The Purpose of Prayer •Are Prayers Answered? • Keva vs. Kavanah • Fixed vs. Spontaneous Prayer • Mechanics of Prayer • Postures & Gestures • Concept of Time • Order of Prayers for Daily, Sabbath & Rosh Chodesh Services •Pronunciation, Emphasis and Interruptions • Latecomers’ Guide • Torah Reading • Kaddish • G-d’s Many Names • Symbolism • Anthropomorphism, Imagery & Gender and many others.

The book answers questions about prayer postures, gestures and positions, when to stand, when to sit, when and how to bow, when it is permitted to speak, communal versus private prayer and much more.

“A blockbuster book, almost encyclopedic coverage”

Here is what Rabbi Avishai David, Rosh Yeshivat Torat Shraga (Jerusalem) had to say:

“The Sefer is under-girded by both a halachik superstructure that details minutiae relating to prayer and the synagogue and simultaneously provides the hashkafic and philosophic underpinnings of the how and why of Tefillah.

“All the aforementioned are among wide-ranging topics that are incisively explored and examined in this all-encompassing treatise. Aside from the normative and cognitive nature of this work, the author plummeted and navigated the emotional and psychological wellsprings that ipso facto must accompany the individual standing before his Creator.

“As a primer for Tefillah, it’s a comprehensive, copious and rigorous work. It contains historical backdrops and short vignettes relating to a host of commentators and commentaries on Tefillah.”

The aim of this book is to give both men and women a basic familiarity with the synagogue service and with the movements and actions associated with Jewish prayer. The guidelines and essential information contained in this book are intended not only for the newcomer to the synagogue, but to the regular ‘davener’ who wants to make prayer more meaningful. This volume will open the door to a new understanding of the role of prayer as an uplifting journey in communing with one’s Creator. Hopefully this book will not only answer such questions but will ease entry into synagogue life and enable more active participation in the daily and Shabbat Minyan.

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