Ruminations on the siddur

When someone makes a blessing, the one who hears it answers Amen to affirm the theological statement made by his friend and ties himself to the blessing just made.

By AHARON E. WEXLER
December 27, 2018 10:19
A woman prays at the Western Wall

A woman prays at the Western Wall. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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The siddur is ironically Judaism’s most popular book and yet the least understood and least studied one.

While a synagogue might pride itself on having multiple copies of the Talmud, it must ensure that it has enough copies of the siddur for every congregant. If you multiply that by all the synagogues, educational institutions and Jewish homes, the number becomes too large to count and assures the siddur its place as the most popular book in Judaism.

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