First Steps in Hebrew Prayer
The Most Important Jewish Prayers, Blessings and Principles
For the Very Beginner
by Dr. Danny Ben Gigi
This book provides and easy and pleasant start with the first steps of Jewish prayer, bringing to you the most important prayers and blessings. It features the Hebrew text in bold letters, line-for-line with English transliteration and translation. It is illustrated with a beautiful selection of graphics and photos. An enclosed CD includes all of the prayers.
Jewish sages spoke about the importance of praying in Hebrew. They taught that even though permission was granted to pray in other languages, it has always been favored to pray in “Leshon Hakodesh,” the Holy Tongue.”
In numerous writings since the Biblical era, the Holy Tongue has been known as a reference to the divine spiritual language, Hebrew. These sages taught that it is better to pray in Hebrew, even if the praying person does not understand the words. An ancient tradition teaches that the Hebrew alphabet existed prior to the creation of the world, and that God used the twenty-two Hebrew letters as the raw material for the Creation.
At the end of this book you’ll find a useful summary that illuminates every prayer and blessing used in the traditional siddur (the Jewish prayer book), helping you understand the meaning, the history and the essence of each prayer.
A CD is included, an excellent companion to the book. You will hear the reading, or the singing of each prayer or blessing, word for word, in the rich voice of Rabbi Tzvi Cooperman.
91 glossy pages