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100 Amos High - Novel Approach to Tefillah and Avodas Hashem

100 Amos High - Novel Approach to Tefillah and Avodas Hashem

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What does Hashem, your Gd ask from you? Only to fear Hashem, your Gd, to follow all these ways and to love him, and to serve Hashem, your Gd, with all your heart and all your soul. (Devarim 10:12)

THE TORAH has lofty aspirations for us - and it has provided us with the necessary tools to reach them. Based on a clear, in-depth understanding of tefillah , 100 Amos High guides towards this goal. It teaches how to gain an awareness of Hashem's presence and His personal involvement in all areas of every individual's life. Simultaneously, it empowers the reader to answer the call of Rav Tzadok HaKohen: "The same way he is required to believe in Hashem, he is required to believe in himself… that his Neshamah comes from Hashem, and Hashem receives pleasure and delight when we do His will. " The resulting sense of deep pride propels him further up the ladder of greatness.

A Synagogue Companion

A Synagogue Companion

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The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals is one of the great beacons of light for promoting a vision of the Torah that is authentic, passionate, reasonable, and embracing of people of all backgrounds. This Synagogue Companion is written in this spirit. It is comprised of brief essays, generally 400-500 words each, on the Torah, Haftarot, and Shabbat morning prayers. The essays draw from the best of traditional and contemporary scholarship, to make the synagogue experience more relevant, understandable, and inspiring. Distributed by Kodesh Press.

AL HATFILLAH

Al HaTefillah: Shiurav shel HaRav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik ZTL

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Prayer was a favorite subject of the Rav, and he devoted many shiurim to exploring its halakhic and philosophical aspects. This book contains 13 shiurim of the Rav on prayer, translated into a lucid Hebrew from the original English and Yiddish by Rabbi Grodner, that will be of great interest to all who wish to explore the subject of Jewish Prayer.

Art of Jewish Prayer

Art of Jewish Prayer

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A book on prayer any other--refreshing, relevant, exciting, deep, and invigorating. Each down-to-earth page is filled with stimulating that make prayer come alive, that transform it into the most relevant of human activities, that make it what it should and can be--moments of strength and power, the miracle of man's ability to talk the God and know that God is actually listening.
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Artscroll: Vidduy / Confession Paperback by Rabbi Nosson Scherman

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The required text of teshuvah, clearly explained.
AS FOR ME...MY PRAYER

AS FOR ME...MY PRAYER

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Between Me and You: Heartfelt Prayers for Each Jewish Woman OOP

Between me & You: Heartfelt Prayers for Each Jewish Woman

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Every woman dreams of a good life, a happy home, meaningful relationships, joyous celebrations … but do we know the way to make those blessings materialize? How often do we feel our deepest desires bottled up in our hearts, hoping that God hears our silent yearning? There is a better way to draw down blessings for us and for all Israel. When you want something, pray for it! This precious volume of prayers, in English and Hebrew, drawn from the words of Rav Noson's Likutey Tefilot, gives expression to the hopes and dreams of each Jewish woman. Organized by topic, here are prayers to sing with, to cry over, to believe in and to soar with. Use them to discover parts of yourself you never knew existed, and to clarify the values you hold dear. Above all, let them open your heart to receive the greatest blessing: a new closeness to the Provider of all.

BIRTH OF THE SPOKEN WORD

Birth of the Spoken Word: Personal Prayer as the Goal of Creation

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BIRTH of the Spoken Word is a master class on the art of prayer and the prayerful relationship. Emotionally written, yet well-sourced, BOTSW presents a richly textured analysis of five key passages from the opening chapters of Sefer Bereishis (Genesis), placing tefillah (prayer) at the heart of the creation story. The book integrates a wide range of Jewish scholarship—from the Tanach to the Talmud, the early and later biblical commentaries, and the Masters of Chassidus and Jewish thought (the Maharal, the Ramchal, Rebbe Nachman, the Ba’al HaTanya, Rav Tzadok, Rav Kook, Rav Dessler and Rav Soloveitchik to name a few)—packing a spiritual punch and revitalizing our relationship with Hashem and with others from the inside out.

Complete Shabbat Table Companion

Complete Shabbat Table Companion

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Perfect for family and guests around the Shabbat table. Instructions and English transliterations of all Hebrew blessings and prayers, as well as150 popular Shabbat and Festival table songs.
DAVENING DEVINE: COMPANION TO WEEKLY SHABBAT DAVENING

Davening Divine: A Companion to the Weekly Shabbat Davening

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We learn how to daven early on in our spiritual journey. There's nothing more heavenly than listening to a first-grade class reciting the Shema Yisrael. It emanates from their hearts, touches our hearts, and no doubt ascends toward G-d's throne in Heaven.

What happens afterwards? Why is it that when that seven-year-old turns seventeen he no longer has the heartfelt sincerity he had in first grade? What about when he's twenty-seven, thirty-seven, and forty-seven? Does he attend the early ''express minyan'' to get him to the train on time? Does he attend a minyan three times a day? Whatever he does, it is likely that his tefillah doesn't touch him like the Shema Yisrael did in his early years.

Is there anything that can be done to strengthen our tefillah muscles to enhance and enrich our daily encounter with our Creator?

Absolutely! We can advance in our davening skills by doing the following:

Studying the meaning of our prayers

Understanding the order of the services

Noticing the patterns within our prayers

Finding personal inspiration through the medium of our davening

 

Davening Divine helps readers on their journey of enriching their davening experience with inspiring essays on the Shabbat tefillot. With insights from a wide variety of commentaries, this davening companion brings to more meaningful prayer, strengthening the desire for and the commitment to heavenly and heartfelt tefillah.

DEPTH OF PRAYER

Depth of Prayer

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The Depth of Prayer

 

 

 

In order to better understand the profound meaning underlying each word in the Torah, many of the masterful commentaries apply a linguistic system of groupings whereby certain letters are interchangeable. Through his majestic understanding of each word in the Divine language, Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch uses this powerful method to thread together the endless ocean of words and concepts. This work strives to shed light on each root connection by assembling Rav Hirsch’s dispersed insights throughout his commentaries with the hope of providing a clearer vision of each word and its place in our prayers.

 

 

 

Take an enlightening and inspiring journey toward more meaningful tefillah!

Exploring Perek Shirah

Exploring Perek Shirah

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Chazal in Perek Shirah gathered eighty-five elements of the natural world, each one declaring a certain truth, its own shirah. Minerals, plant life, aquatic life, and animal life all take their place in a glorious shiras ha’briah. What, however, are those truths, cryptically encoded in the shiros? What messages should we meditate on while reciting the words of Perek Shirah?

In Exploring Perek Shirah, each shirah is examined through the lens of Chazal to discover its inner meaning. The origin and purpose of this ancient text are also examined to discover the spiritual foundation of our natural world.

“This work is literally an encyclopaedic compendium on Perek Shirah... I found [it] fascinating, informative, and inspiring.”

Rabbi Zev Leff

“Today there is a worldwide thirst for understanding the meaning of Perek Shirah, and Rebbetzin Tugendhaft has done a remarkable job in making it accessible to the wider public.”

Dayan Y.Y. Lichtenstein


Rebbetzin Shoshana Tugendhaft grew up in a Rabbinic home in London and went on to marry Rabbi Dovid Tugendhaft, Rov of the Beis Hamedrash Nishmas Yisroel, London. She studied at the Michlala in Jerusalem for two years and later achieved an undergraduate degree in History (BA hist. hons). While bringing up her children, she continued to give shiurim to women and to high school girls, both within institutions and on a private basis. These covered a range of topics from Chumash to Pirkei Avos, Halacha and Philosophy. She teaches Kallah classes and Bas Mitzvah classes as part of her communal responsibilities but is known for her passion for teaching Jewish History. To this end she has developed her business of conducting private tours of the British Museum in London, a world renowned museum of civilizations. In her capacity as a tour guide she takes Shul groups, school groups, tourists and families around the museum to learn about their heritage in an exciting and dramatic environment. She uses her research into archaeology to bring her Nach classes to life, both in Beis Yaakov where she teaches and for her adult interest groups. Some of her shiurim can be found on TorahAnytime.com and a tour at the museum can be booked via her website www.tenachtours.com. Rebbetzin Tugendhaft can also be hired to give virtual tours of the museum on Zoom and can be contacted via email at Shoshanatug@gmail.com.

Writing this book has been a labour of love and incredibly rewarding for her. She is very grateful to all the generous people who helped to bring this book to light and looks forward to publishing further with Mosaica in the future, b’Ezras Hashem.

Gates of Prayer for Young People

Gates of Prayer for Young People

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This book fills the need for daily and Shabbat services in congregational worship and the religious school setting.
Gates of Prayer: Heb Opening

Gates of Prayer: Heb Opening

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Profoundly rooted in Jewish tradition, Gates of Prayaer has become the standard liturgical work for the Reform Movement.
Gates of Prayer: The Ten Terms of Tefillah: Spanning the Spectrum of Prayer

Gates of Prayer: The Ten Terms of Tefillah: Spanning the Spectrum of Prayer

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In the Torah, the number 10 denotes completion or perfection. For example, the Ten Commandments, in essence, contains the entire Torah.

The Talmud also relates that there are 10 distinct terms for prayer. To better understand these ten terms enables us to tap into these ten diverse capacities, and to access this inner potential allows us to unleash all that prayer has to offer.

 

Gates of Prayer explores this entire spectrum of prayer by delving into the meaning, significance, and implications that lie at the heart of each of these ten distinct concepts in prayer.

 

All of Rabbi Shimshon Pincus s treasured titles are culled from the inspiring lectures and classes he delivered, but this exceptional text, Gates of Prayer, is the one volume Rabbi Pincus meticulously authored himself, poring over every word.

It represents a lifetime of learning, reflection, piety, and faith.

Beautifully translated, in accordance with the author s wishes, this magnificent volume stands ready to enrich the daily prayers of us all.

Guide to Jewish Prayer

Guide to Jewish Prayer

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From one of the world's most famous and respected rabbis--a practical explanation of Jewish worship from a spiritual slant (Detroit Free Press).

For both the novice and for those who have been engaged in prayer for years, here is the one guide needed to practice Jewish prayer and understand the prayer book. From the origins and meaning of worship to a step-by-step explanation of the daily prayers to the reason you're not supposed to chat with your friends during services, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely to arise about Jewish prayer. Here are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Bible readings; the history and makeup of the synagogue; the different prayer rites for Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenites, and other cultural/geographic groupings; the role of the rabbi and the cantor in the synagogue; and the role of music in the service.

For both the novice and for those who have been engaged in prayer for years, here is the one guide needed to practice Jewish prayer and understand the prayer book, from one of the world's most famous and respected rabbis.

From the origins and meaning of worship to a step-by-step explanation of the daily prayers to the reason you're not supposed to chat with your friends during services, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz answers many of the questions likely to arise about Jewish prayer. Here are chapters on daily prayer; Sabbath prayer; prayer services for the holidays; the yearly cycle of synagogue Bible readings; the history and makeup of the synagogue; the different prayer rites for Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Yemenites, and other cultural/geographic groupings; the role of the rabbi and the cantor in the synagogue; and the role of music in the service.

HEAR OUR VOICES-WOMEN AT PRAYER- 52 Drawings With German/English Explanations

Hear Our Voices Women At Prayer - 52 Drawings With German/English Explanations

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Iyun Tefillah - Deluxe Binding

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The gaon Rabbi Shimon Schwab was a preeminent rav in the great tradition of Torah im derech eretz: Rav, talmid chacham, posek, thinker, orator, and guide to multitudes in his six decades as a leader and teacher. This is a collection of his teachings on Tefillah. This magnificent volume is an ideal study companion and perfect gift.

Making the Most of Prayer H/C

Making the Most of Prayer H/C

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Nishmas: Song of the Soul

Nishmas: Song of the Soul

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On Shabbos morning, as the world is wrapped in a blanket of peace and serenity, we are given a gift, the chance to recite a sacred tefillah. Whenever and wherever it's recited, Nishmas carries the same power and glory, an ode that expresses our deepest emotion, the gratitude and hope and simple joy in being alive. Across the world, the tefillah has become a precious segulah, a shared treasure, belonging to a nation, but also a private heirloom, property of each individual. In this volume, for the first time ever in English, Rabbi Yisroel Besser gives us a whole new understanding of the magnificent words of Nishmas, with a sweeping, fresh and contemporary commentary, chock full of enlightening stories and insights that illustrate the many concepts discussed in Nishmas. With this book, you can join the “Nishmas army, ”Those committed to saying Nishmas regularly, a concept suggested by Rebbetzin Batsheva Kanievsky, who'd received the tradition from her revered father-in-law, the Steipler Gaon. Reciting Nishmas daily or in times of challenge, they have seen wonders, the secrets of prayer itself hidden within the words of this tefillah, thanksgiving and entreaty merging in every line and phrase. And aside from salvation, they have experienced a connection with the Master, itself the greatest gift of all and the reason for existec thanksgiving and entreaty merging in every line and phrase. And aside from salvation, they have experienced a connection with the Master, itself the greatest gift of all and the reason for existec thanksgiving and entreaty merging in every line and phrase. And aside from salvation, they have experienced a connection with the Master, itself the greatest gift of all and the reason for existec

OR HADASH COMM ON SIM SHALOM- WEEKDAY

Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays

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Rabbi Reuven Hammer brings to completion his monumental work on the Jewish prayerbook. Together with the first volume, published five years ago, he has produced a unique work: the first complete English language commentary on all the prayers for the services of Shabbat, Festivals and Weekdays. These volumes include material on the history of all the prayers, a phrase-by-phrase commentary, a linguistic, literary and theological explanation of their structure and meaning as well as interpretations meant to make them relevant for the modern worshipper. The words of Louis Jacobs concerning Hammer's earlier work on liturgy,Entering Jewish Prayer, apply to this commentary as well - "Reuven Hammer has achieved brilliantly and with great success what many had thought impossible - an inspirational guide to Jewish devotion wedded to impeccable scholarship."

This commentary on the Weekday siddur, Siddur Sim Shalom, features scholarly commentary, supplemental material from classical and contemporary sources, and extensive introductory material. Like the Shabbat volume, this book offers a comprehensive education in the depth, perspective, and possibilities inherent in the siddur.

Pathway to Prayer Siddur - Wkdy ASHK POCKET by Mayer Birnbaum

Pathway to Prayer Siddur - Wkdy ASHK POCKET by Mayer Birnbaum

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  • Unparalleled combination of clarity and depth, authoritatively presented in a down-to-earth manner.
  • Extensively researched, utilizing all available commentaries, including many rare ones.
  • Phrase-by-phrase translation and explanation which flows with the Tefillah.
  • Informative and inspirational footnotes throughout.

Now Rabbi Birnbaum has done it once again with the Pathway to Prayer Weekday Siddur. It will change the way you connect to Hashem on a daily basis.

Pathway to Prayer Weekday Shemoneh Esray

Pathway to Prayer Weekday Shemoneh Esray by Mayer Birnbaum

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This remarkable, step-by-step guide through the Amidah Prayer is designed to help the reader reach greater heights of understanding and concentration. Utilizing a line-by-line expanded translation of the Amidah Prayer, it brings new meaning and inspiration to the Tefillos we know so well, as each word of the prayer is clarified and explained. Includes a basic introduction to prayer, and includes fifty suggestions for concentrating during prayer as well as the basic laws of how to pray and how to prepare for praying. This edition, revised in 2009, includes the Musaf for Rosh Chodesh.

PATHWAY TO PRAYER HIGH HOL.FULL SIZE

Pathway to Prayer: A Translation and Explanation of All the Amidah Prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (ArtScroll (Mesorah))

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"Plus: ten suggestions on how to merit a favorable judgement."

Rabbi Meir Birnbaum is a scholar of tefillah and mashgiach of a major yeshivah. In this splendidly useful phrase-by-phrase treatment, he combines his scholarship and experience to shed light on the prayers that matter enormously to most people: the Shemoneh Esrai prayers of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Rabbi Birnbaum combs the major commentators and adds his own knowledge and sensitivity to produce a volume that belongs alongside every machzor. It is slim, but packed with information, inspiration, background - and the ideas and intent that every serious Jew wants to pour into his Yamim Noraim prayers.
It is rare indeed to find an English-language volume that offers such a combination of clarity and depth, authoritatively presented in a down to earth manner. Rabbi Birnbaum is both a thinker and a teacher, and both those qualities are beautifully displayed in this work. Not only does he offer invaluable ideas, he is practiced in presenting them. There is nothing patronizing or condescending in this book; it reads like a good friend baring his own soul, and in the process we are swept along to join him in present our most heartfelt entreaties to Our Father Our King, on the days when He longs for us to approach Him.

Pathway to Prayer Shabbos

Pathway to Prayer: Amidah Prayers of Shabbos

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