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Donin, Hayim. To Pray as a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service. Basic Books, New York. 1980. Paperback reissue edition, 1991. ISBN 0-465086-33-0.
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Forst, Binyomin. The Laws Of B'rachos. Artscroll. [A comprehensive exposition of the background and laws of blessings.]
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Frankiel, Tamar; Greenfeld, Judy. Minding the Temple of the Soul: Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Traditional Jewish Prayer, Movement, and Meditation. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-64-8.
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Grishaver, Joel Lurie. And You Shall Be a Blessing: An Unfolding of the Six Words That Begin Every Brakhah. Jason Aronson; 1993. Hardcover. 190 pages. ISBN 0-876684-64-9.
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Hammer, Reuven. Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-22-9. [More than a 'how-to' guide, this book deals with the basic issues in prayer, the historical compilation of the Siddur; the orchestration of the daily, Sabbath, and festival prayers; the themes of special prayers, such as the Blessing After Meals and the Kaddish; and the essential experience of making prayer a vital part of one's life. Also explains differences between the liturgy of each of the Jewish movements.]
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Hammer, Reuven. Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals. # Rabbinical Assembly (March, 2005) ISBN: 0916219305
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Hoffman, Lawrence (ed). My People's Prayer Book, Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries. 7 volume series:
Jacobs, Louis. Hasidic Prayer Schocken, New York. 1972. Reprinted 1993, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. Paperback. ISBN 1-874774-18-8.
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Kadish, Seth. Kavvana: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer. Jason Aronson. 1997. Hardcover. 640 pages. ISBN 0-765759-52-7.
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Kon, Abraham. Prayer. Soncino Press, London. 1972.

Langer, Ruth. To Worship God Properly: Tensions Between Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism (Monographs of the Hebrew Union College Series). Hebrew Union College Pr; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-878204-21-0.
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Martin, Bernard. Prayer in Judaism. Basic Books, New York. 1968.

Millgram, Abraham. Jewish Worship. JPS, Philadelphia 1971. ISBN 0-827600-03-8. Out of Print.

Mindel, Nissan. As For Me--My Prayers. 2 vols. Kehot, Brooklyn NY. 1984. [Explains meanings behind prayers]

Munk. World of Prayer. Feldheim, NY. 1963. [Includes mystical explanations of prayers. Possibly out of print.]

Petuchowski, Jakob J. Understanding Jewish Prayer. Ktav, New York, 1972. Out of Print

Prager, Marcia. Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine. Bell Tower; 1998. Hardcover. 192 pages. ISBN 0-517703-63-7.
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Prell, Riv-Ellen. Prayer and Community: The Havurah in American Judaism. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1989. Paperback. ISBN: 0-814319-35-1. [Reconstructionist]
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Rosenberg, Arnold S. Jewish Liturgy As a Spiritual System: A Prayer-By-Prayer Explanation of the Nature and Meaning of Jewish Worship. Jason Aronson; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765761-34-3.
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