"Judaism and Hebrew Prayer is sure to be the standard text on the subject for years to come..." Hebrew Studies
"...Dr. Reif's book is a contribution that can help cure the affliction of ignorance of our precious and sustaining liturgy on all levels." Jewish Book World
"This will remain for many years the definitive guide to Jewish liturgical development....indispensable to scholars, it is highly recommended to anyone with a serious interest in Jewish or Christian liturgy." Theological Book Review
"A major contribution to the study of Jewish liturgy....a work of impressive breadth and erudition....An indispensable resource for all interested in the history of Jewish prayer, this study belongs in any library concerned with Judaic studies or the history of religions." Michael D. Swartz, Religious Studies Review
"Combining a history of Jewish worship and liturgical rights with an authoritative, fully documented account of the various trends in liturgical scholarship, Judaism and Hebrew Prayer is the first original work of its size and scope in the English language." Gabriel Sivan, The Jerusalem Post Magazine
Tracing the origins of Hebrew prayer among the Jews, this study explains how the first volumes of formal Jewish liturgy emerged. It describes the leading rites and personalities of medieval Jewish worship as well as the responses of various interpretations of Judaism in the modern world.