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.
Framed with beautifully designed Talmud-style pages,
commentaries from many of today's most respected Jewish scholars
from all movements of Judaism examine "Birkhot Hashachar" from the
perspectives of ancient Rabbis and modern theologians, as well as
feminist, halakhic, Talmudic, linguistic, biblical, Chasidic,
mystical, and historical perspectives.
This fifth volume in the series examines the complexities of
personal and public prayer in Birkhot Hashachar, the blessings and
readings surrounding each act of awakening. The Morning Blessings
begin the daily service by establishing our right to stand before
God in all our imperfect humanity. Vol. 5 helps us to understand
how this collection of short prayers and a call to study recognizes
each new day: we awaken as individuals but quickly affirm our role
in the covenant with God.
"Vol. 5 Birkhot Hashachar (Morning Blessings) "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
Birkhot Hashachar 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 "Birkhot Hashachar. 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.
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