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Praying With Fire 2
Igniting the Power of Your Tefillah
A 5-Minute Lesson-A-Day Program
By Rabbi Heshy Kleinman
ArtScroll Series - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2008
In Conjunction with the V'Ani Tefillah Foundation
ISBN 10: 1-4226-0855-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-4226-0855-5

Reviewed by Zev Harris - January 29, 2009

Prayer is like a meal. It can be bland and unappetizing, or it can be a spiritual experience. But how do you elevate your prayer from the banal to the exhilarating? You will learn how in Rabbi Heshy Kleinman's powerful new book, Praying With Fire 2. In this book, Rabbi Kleinman teaches you not only why we pray and how to get your prayers accepted, but also how to pray with kavannah (focus, attentiveness, & fervor) and to build a stronger relationship with HaShem.

Praying With Fire 2 builds upon the information presented in Praying With Fire, as well, the information in both books is organized into a realistic, 5-minutes, lesson-a-day format. While Praying With Fire 2 builds upon the first book in the series. It can be studied effectively as a stand-along book, however if at all possible, I recommend that you study each book in sequence.

There are 118 lessons in Praying With Fire 2. In addition, the lessons are organized into nine thematic chapters, including: Most of the lessons are no more than three or four pages long, including extensive footnotes. All the lessons can easily be read in five minutes or less, and Rabbi Kleinman has interwoven short narratives that illustrate the information presented. As well, the lessons are interwoven with information garnered by the Gemara and from the Rishonim and Acharonim. In addition, each lesson includes margin notes that point-out important Points to Ponder related to that day's lesson. A learning calendar of dates has also been included in the margins of each lesson. Using this calender will help you keep your study schedule on track. In addition, when a specific day is an eis ratzon (a favorable day for your prayers to be accepted) it is noted by the addition of an asterisk by the date.

The subtitle to this book is Igniting the Power of Your Tefillah. This book does that and more. Even if you think that you already know everything there is to know about prayer and how to pray, read this book. Rabbi Kleinman's lessons are not only edifying, but they are inspirational as well. You will find after studying these lessons that you are praying with more vigor and purpose and that your faith has been eternally strengthened! This is a must-have book for every Jewish home, school, and library.

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