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Why We Pray What We Pray: The Remarkable History of Jewish Prayer Barry Freundel

Why We Pray What We Pray: The Remarkable History of Jewish Prayer

Barry Freundel

Published November 1st 2010
ISBN : 9789655240344
Hardcover
313 pages
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 About the Book 

Why We Pray What We Pray details the various factors that influenced six important Jewish prayers and shaped how and when Jews recite them. This book shows that each prayer (Shema, Nishmat, Birkat HaHodesh, Anim Zemirot, Aleinu and Kaddish) has a complex history of which contemporary worshippers are mostly unaware. When we learn about the factors and forces that shaped these prayers and Jewish liturgy in general, our appreciation of what Jewish worship is all about becomes that much more profound. Why We Pray What We Pray also sets forth important moments in Jewish history with depth and detail.