The Essen­tial Guide to Jew­ish Prayer and Practices

Andrea Lieber
  • Review
By – April 30, 2012

In this very read­able paper­back, the author guides us through Judaism using prayer as a vehi­cle. The con­cepts of prayer are used as jump­ing off points for intro­duc­ing the much broad­er con­cepts that are at the core of all Jew­ish prac­tice. Through­out the book, Dr. Lieber gives us her own per­son­al expe­ri­ences and insights into prayer, and into how prayer became a cen­tral part of her life. She inter­spers­es wis­dom from ancient and mod­ern sources to fur­ther enlight­en the read­er about each con­cept. As deep as the book goes, it also pro­vides Torah tips” that are prac­ti­cal ideas for bring­ing prayer and Jew­ish prac­tice to life. This is a vol­ume that I could eas­i­ly inte­grate into class­es on prayer or as an intro­duc­tion to Judaism and to Jew­ish ideas. My one crit­i­cism: The intro­duc­tion to Jew­ish val­ues of tzedakah and social jus­tice do not appear until rather late in the book. Bib­li­og­ra­phy, notes.

Rab­bi Arnold D. Sam­lan is a Jew­ish edu­ca­tor and rab­bi liv­ing in Mia­mi, Flori­da. He serves as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Orloff Cen­tral Agency for Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion of Broward County.

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