Shma Koleinu: A Jewish People’s Commentary on the Siddur


Shma Koleinu: A Jewish People’s Commentary on the Siddur will take you through deep reflections on prayers in the Jewish prayerbook, giving you new insights into the prayers and new courage to find your own. Rabbi Steven Schwarzman and other writers, including rabbis, cantors, and “ordinary” people – people just like you – delve deeply into the prayers, their texts, their history, their melodies – and just as deeply into themselves. As the Talmud says, come and hear. Come and hear these voices, and use them to strengthen your own voice in deeper Jewish prayer.

Shma Koleinu: A Jewish People’s Commentary on the Siddur is just what the Jewish community needs: A commentary that consists of real and personal prayer experiences. This is not a removed, ivory-tower, collection of philosophical theories, but rather a collection of down-to-earth, engaged, deeply felt responses to the Jewish worship experience. That is why it is so powerfully inspiring!” – Rabbi Jeff Hoffman, D.H.L., Rabbi-in-Residence and Professor of Liturgy at The Academy for Jewish Religion, NY.

“Rabbi Steven Schwarzman has gathered a splendid collection of inspiring interpretations of many of the most important prayers in the Siddur. Reading these meaningful and personal readings on the Jewish treasure-house of petitions, supplications, and words of praise, will greatly enhance the spiritual experience of any worshiper.” – Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, author, IN THE SPIRIT: INSIGHTS FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL IN THE 21st CENTURY

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Shma Koleinu: A Jewish People's Commentary on the siddur will take you through deep reflections on prayers in the Jewish prayerbook, giving you new insight

Shma Koleinu is organized around the daily prayers. But the personal stories that its diverse authors tell about what those prayers mean to them are the heart of the book. ... See MoreSee Less

Aside from some of the really powerful insights into the Jewish prayer service, my favorite thing about the contributions to this book is that they reflect the personal way each author sees the connections between the prayers they chose to write about and what's going on in their lives. This is no academic work, but one of personal reflections on Jewish prayer in the lives of those who say those prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

Many Jews today struggle to find meaning in the siddur, the Jewish prayer book, especially if they're not fluent in Hebrew. If this sounds like you (or someone you know), this book can help. It's full of personal insights into the prayers by ordinary people. Well, many of them are extraordinary! ... See MoreSee Less

Many Jews today struggle to find meaning in the siddur, the Jewish prayer book, especially if theyre not fluent in Hebrew. If this sounds like you (or someone you know), this book can help. Its full of personal insights into the prayers by ordinary people. Well, many of them are extraordinary!
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