My People's Prayer Book Series, Edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman and Published by Jewish Lights Publishing, Wins National Jewish Book Award

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

My People's Prayer Book, a ten-volume series by Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York, has been named the winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award in the Modern Jewish Thought & Experience category. HUC-JIR faculty members, including David Ellenson, Michael Chernick, Susan L. Einbinder, Alyssa Gray, Joel M. Hoffman, Sharon Koren, and Wendy I. Zierler contributed to thesiddur, which contains traditional Hebrew text, modern translations, commentators from all perspectives of the Jewish world, and some of today's most respected Jewish scholars and teachers, who cover the prayer book's connections to the Bible, history, traditional law, kabbalistic wisdom, feminism, and modern developments. 

The series is an important expression of the spiritual revival of contemporary times and has received significant attention from the Christian world. It enables all worshipers to claim their connection to the heritage of the traditional Jewish prayer book. The series rejuvenates Jewish worship in today's world, and makes its power accessible to all. 

Dr. Hoffman says, "The siddur is the lived text of the Jewish soul – we live in it and we pray in it. My People's Prayer Book represents HUC-JIR's mission at its finest through the scholarship of the faculty contributors across the disciplines, and the passion of publisher Stuart Matlins, a devoted member of the Board of Governors." 

Read more about HUC-JIR Faculty Contributions to My People's Prayer Book Series (PDF)

The series is available through Jewish Lights Publishing

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