Jewish Men Pray: Words of Yearning, Praise, Petition, Gratitude and Wonder from Traditional and Contemporary Sources
A celebration of Jewish men's voices in prayer—to strengthen, to heal, to comfort, to inspire from the ancient world up to our own day.
"An extraordinary gathering of men—diverse in their ages, their lives, their convictions—have convened in this collection to offer contemporary, compelling and personal prayers. The words published here are not the recitation of established liturgies, but the direct address of today's Jewish men to ha-Shomea Tefilla, the Ancient One who has always heard, and who remains eager to receive, the prayers of our hearts."
—from the Foreword by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL
This collection of prayers celebrates the variety of ways Jewish men engage in personal dialogue with God—with words of praise, petition, joy, gratitude, wonder and even anger—from the ancient world up to our own day.
Drawn from mystical, traditional, biblical, Talmudic, Hasidic and modern sources, these prayers will help you deepen your relationship with God and help guide your journey of self-discovery, healing and spiritual awareness. Together they provide a powerful and creative expression of Jewish men's inner lives, and the always revealing, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous—and often even practical—practice that prayer can be.
Jewish Men Pray will challenge your preconceived ideas about prayer. It will inspire you to explore new ways of prayerful expression, new paths for finding the sacred in the ordinary and new possibilities for understanding the Jewish relationship with the Divine. This is a book to treasure and to share.
Israel Abrahams • Aharon of Karlin • Daniel S. Alexander • Alexandri (third century CE) • Bezalel Aloni • Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL • Rabbi Samuel Barth • Hillel Bavli (1893–1961) • Shye Ben-Tzur • Chaim Nachman Bialik (1873–1934) • Sheldon H. Blank (1896–1989) • Ben Zion Bokser (1907–1984) • Harold Braunstein • Daniel S. Brenner • Eliezer Bugatin • Shlomo Carlebach • (1925–1994) • Avraham Chalfi (1904–1980) • Rabbi Howard Cooper • Rabbi Menachem Creditor • Abraham Danziger (1748–1820) • Harry K. Danziger • Elazar (end of first century CE) • Elimelech of Lizhensk (1717–1787) • Dov Peretz Elkins • Abraham ibn Ezra (1089–1164) • Morley T. Feinstein • Edward Feld • Adam D. Fisher • Ira Flax • Solomon ibn Gabirol (1021–1058) • Elihu Gevirtz • Jeffrey Goldwasser • James Stone Goodman • Rabbi Arthur Green • Sidney Greenberg (1917–2003) • Judah HaLevi (1075–1141) • Rabbi Jules Harlow • Rabbi Shai Held • Rabbi Hayim Herring • Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972) • Lawrence A. Hoffman • Rabbi David A. Ingber • Rabbi Ben Kamin • Yehuda Karni (1884–1949) • Rabbi Paul J. Kipnes • Eliahu J. Klein • Cantor Jeffrey Klepper • Rabbi Michael Knopf • Harold Kohn • Abraham Isaac Kook (1865–1935) • Rabbi Andy Koren • Rabbi Cary Kozberg • Rabbi Elliot Kukla • Rabbi Irwin Kula • Harold S. Kushner • Rabbi Lawrence Kushner • Rabbi Robert N. Levine • Rabbi Stan Levy • Immanuel Lubliner (1923–1997) • Moses Maimonides (1135–1204) • Mar the son of Rabina (fourth century) • Rabbi Craig Marantz • Danny Maseng • Daniel C. Matt • Hershel Jonah Matt (1922–1987) • Rabbi Ralph D. Mecklenburger • Andrew Meit • Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler • Jay Michaelson • Rabbi James L. Mirel • Nachman of Breslov (1772–1810) • Louis Newman • Dan Nichols • Reb Noson (1780–1844) • Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky • Rabbi Jesse Olitzky • Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky • Natan Ophir (Offenbacher) • Bachya ibn Pakuda (eleventh century) • Daniel F. Polish • Andrew Ramer • Avrom Reyzen (1876–1953) • Haim O. Rechnitzer • Rabbi Jack Riemer • Rabbi Albert Ringer • Rabbi Brant Rosen • James B. Rosenberg • Joel Rosenberg • Robert Saks • Jeffrey Salkin • Rabbi Neil Sandler • Zalman Schachter-Shalomi • Rabbi Robert Scheinberg • Harold M. Schulweis • Rabbi Arthur Segal • Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro • Rabbi Rick Sherwin • Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812) • Yaakov David Shulman • Danny Siegel • Rifat Sonsino • Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz • Chaim Stern (1930–2001) • Rabbi Arnold Stiebel • Rabbi Warren Stone • Rabbi Neil A. Tow • Roy A. Walter • Simkha Y. Weintraub • Rabbi David Wolpe • Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740–1809) • Hillel Zeitlin (1871–1942) • Rabbi Reuben Zellman • Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel • Rabbi Shawn Zevit • Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman • Rabbi Mishael Zion • Rabbi Raymond A. Zwerin