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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWISH PRAYER- compiled by Macy Nulman

1993 Winner of the Association of Jewish Libraries Reference Book Award

Never before has such a comprehensive resource been available to those searching for answers to questions on Jewish prayer. Macy Nulman has provided, in one unique, accessible volume, information on each and every prayer recited in the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, creating an invaluable tool for study or quick reference. This volume, through its encyclopedic format, makes such a study easy and enjoyable. Arranged alphabetically by prayer, the encyclopedia entries include extensive liturgical information on the prayers, their composers and development, the laws and customs surrounding them, and their place in the service. All prayers, including not only prayers recited in the synagogue, but also the Grace After Meals and the prayers to be said before going to bed, prayers for special occasions such as weddings and circumcisions, prayers for the funeral ritual and for private devotion, are featured. The entries make extensive use of cross-referencing and bibliographical information to facilitate further study. In addition, the author discusses the many poetic insertions, known as piyyutim, recited on special Sabbaths, Holy Days, and festivals. Concise and easy to consult, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer contains several indexes: two title indexes – one in Hebrew and one in transliteration – as well as an index of biblical verses and a name index. Additionally, a glossary defining technical terms and vocabulary associated with the prayers is provided. This important, one-of-a-kind reference volume is ideal for scholars, students, and others who want to know more about Jewish tradition.

ESSAYS OF JEWISH MUSIC AND PRAYER

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music this comprehensive and authoritative book was put together by Macy Nulman, the former Director of the Belz School, announced Bernard Beer, the current Director.
The book opens with an account of Jewish music, giving a history of Jewish music at Yeshiva University. Subjects range from Ta’ame Emet to Kabalistic interpretations of the Te’amim, to voice level in prayer, to women’s voice in the synagogue and much more,
The book is dedicated to the memory of Philip and Sarah Belz, the benefactors of the school, and is a tribute to Marilyn and Jack Belz for their lifelong devotion to Jewish music.

ABRAHAM TZVI IDELSOHN’S MONUMENTAL

“THESAURUS OF HEBREW ORIENTAL MELODIES”

TEN COMPLETE VOLUMES IN FOUR BOOKS
REPRINTED BY THE
PHILIP AND SARAH BELZ SCHOOL OF JEWISH MUSIC

“A work of colossal scope, the Thesaurus represents the author’s pioneering research in all areas of Jewish music spanning a period of twenty-five years. Having amassed a vast and unique collection of materials, Idelsohn classified and edited the music for publication so that each subject of study may appear in a separate volume. For the first time, an entire world became aware of synagogue and folk song from the most distant corners of the earth; the melodies of Yemen, Babylon, Syria, Bukhara, Morocco, Gibraltar, Daghastan, and the Balkans. Idelsohn transcribed the songs of the Oriental Sephardim, of the European Sephardim, the melodies and chants of Ashkenazic communities from Eastern and Western Europe as well as those of the Hassidim.”
From the foreword by Cantor Bernard Beer- Director, Belz School

CONCEPTS OF JEWISH MUSIC AND PRAYER

32 articles examining Jewish Music and Prayer with a disciplined approach and unique methodology taking us through the music of the Jewish Liturgy, offering historical and musical background, theological associations, religious teaching, and practical suggestions influential in directing the future course of Jewish Music. Hard Cover

CONCISE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JEWISH MUSIC

The most comprehensive one-volume general reference work on Jewish Music ever published, this encyclopedia brings the musical practices of Judaism into contemporary focus. It presents a rich variety of musicological and historical facts about Jewish music, along with biographies of composers and discussions of their works. Included, the reader will find information about the role that Jewish music plays in the Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, as well as explanations of technical terms used in Jewish music such as scarbova, contrafactum, steiger, gust, diwan, chor hazzan, frailich, karahod, mitzvah tanz, and many others. As a special feature, the book presents a chronological listing of highlights in the history of Jewish Music. Hard Cover

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SAYINGS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

Presenting nearly 2,000 Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish expressions, this Encyclopedia gives a full definition of expressions most often heard or read in Jewish literature. Each entry is not only defined; its origin, history and modern usage are highlighted. Divided into four sections- Bible, Talmud, Liturgy, and Rabbinic and Folk Sayings, for easy browsing. Hard Cover

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