The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices

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Alpha Books, 2012 - Religion - 316 pages
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Deepen your faith and enjoy a more fulfilling Jewish life.

One of the world's oldest religions, Judaism continues to provide new hope, inspiration, and spiritual fulfilment to its followers. Through prayer, worship, and other Jewish customs, you can strengthen your lifelong beliefs or reconnect to the religion of your ancestors.

The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practiceslays the foundation for a more profound understanding of Judaism. In it, you rediscover the basic tenets of Jewish thought, explore Judaism's concept of God, and take a closer look at the Torah and its role in shaping a spiritual life. Prayer is an integral part of everyday Jewish life, connecting you to God in all you do, so this Essential Guide offers a closer look at the Jewish prayer book and the eloquent blessings that make up the Jewish liturgy. Meaningful prayers for daily prayer practice are shared as well, plus blessings for the Sabbath, High Holy Days, and other important Jewish festivals. Blessings are also included for births, barand bat mitzvahs, marriages, and life's other major milestones.

Whether you prefer to meet God within the community of the synagogue or in small, seemingly mundane daily tasks, The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practicesserves as your spiritual partner in developing a more meaningful awareness of God in everything you do.

'If prayer is the entry to the soul and locating our inner being, then this book serves as a luminary. it is a beacon of light that offers the Jewish tradition as a prism for seeing the world in a fresh, grateful, deep, and meaningful way. Open pages and be embraced by the kindness, humanity, and scholarship of this extraordinary gift.' Jay m. Stein, Senior Rabbi, Har Zion Temple

'The most accessible introduction to Jewish spiritual thought available. Helps the reader to navigate Judaism's answers to the big questions in life. If you own only one Jewish primer, this should be it.' Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky, Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute

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About the author (2012)

Andrea Lieber, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religion at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she holds the Sophia Ava Asbell Chair of Judaic Studies. She has published numerous articles and reviews in the field of early Jewish and Christian mysticism. She received her BA from Vassar College and PhD from Columbia University

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