Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer

Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer is a former President of the International Rabbinical Assembly, he is one of the founders of the Masorti Movement in Israel and is currently Head of the Masorti Beth Din in Israel.


Articles by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer

Music and Jewish Prayer

Music in Jewish worship can be high art or popular song, by solo expression or with group participation.

Hebrew & Prayer

Prayer in Hebrew, even in when the language is unfamiliar, can have an emotional impact, which is deepened by an understanding of key concepts and words.

Rosh Hashanah: Rabbinic Development

The first day of the year becomes the day of judgment.

The History of Rosh Hashanah, From the Torah to the Temples

The meaning of the holiday changes over time.

Unetanah Tokef

A religious poem that is meant to strike fear in us.

Rosh Hashanah Liturgical Themes

The focus is on God, humanity, and the relationship between the two.

Enhancing the Amidah

A selection of piyyutim from the Rosh Hashanah Amidah

Piyyutim: Religious Poetry

Piyyutim permeate the High Holiday liturgy.

Rosh Hashanah Musaf Amidah

The additional Amidah contains the major themes of the holiday season.

The Origins of the Shofar

The command to sound the ram's horn is found in the Torah.