by Shoshana Hurwitz
Although some people might shy away from books on Jewish text analysis due to their inevitable complexity, Walter Orenstein has hit on an ingenious idea which makes his book, A Window to the Siddur, palatable to the layperson: it is in dialogue format, telling the “story” of a husband and wife who are learning the themes of the siddur together. The book covers weekday and Shabbat services, halachah, hashkafah and history, and is a great addition to Jewish library collections of all types.
The original may be found in the Sept-Oct. 2010 AJL Review Newsletter. From the AJL Review.