Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy


Midwest Book Review, May 30, 2023
Review: These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah
“As informative as it is inspirational, thoughtful and thought-provoking, “These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah” is a treasured addition to the growing body of Torah studies, as well as unreservedly recommended for personal, community, synagogue, and academic library Judaic Studies collections and supplemental curriculum lists.”

Jewish Post & Opinion, March 29, 2023
Meaningful Prayer for Every Person at Any Time (These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah)
“Alden Solovy has become one of the most revered liturgists of the last decade. His latest work, These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah, continues his efforts in providing meaningful prayer to contemporary Jews… Every poem is bursting with symbolism, with multi-layered allusions to the Jewish past, present, and future. There is something for every person and at every time.”

Kirkus Reviews, March 10, 2023
Book Review: These Words (These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah)
“Whatever may bring a reader to this compendium of reflections on the Torah, the overwhelming sense they will depart with is that of a deep care for words and their textures… Thoughtful reflections on the meanings of Torah.”

Religion News Service, Dec. 23, 2020
The Best Religion Books of 2020 (Including This Precious Life)
“Alden has become one of Reform Judaism’s master poet-liturgists… A beautiful collection from a beautiful soul.”

Jewish Post & Opinion, March 20, 2020
Inspirational Companions (Reviewing This Grateful Heart and This Joyous Soul)
“Solovy knows that expressing gratitude contributes to the happiness of your life. You are united with your grateful and joyous heart in reading both these collections of prayers. And if praying sustains you, if your heart’s desire is to become that “prayer with wings gliding on the currents of your faith,” then Solovy’s This Joyous Soul and This Grateful Heart will be your inspirational companions.”

Ritualwell, March 31, 2019
Journeying through the Siddur: Review of Alden Solovy’s This Joyous Soul
“In this important, useful and soulful collection, Solovy presents new prayers and poems through the structure of the siddur…”

Ritualwell, Sept. 6, 2018
Promise of a New Day: A Review of Alden Solovy’s This Grateful Heart
“This little treasure … is small enough to tuck into a purse or backpack, the better to keep close at hand…”

Jewish Family Times, March 2016/Adar 5776
Prayer (Review of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing)
“This is a great collection to inspire personal, communal or external healing.”

Jewish Book Council, Sept. 22, 2014
Internal Dialogue: The Days of Awe 5775 (Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing)
“Alden’s gift for bringing comfort to others through words proved its mettle.

The Christian Century, May 7, 2014
Prayers that Question (Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing)

“Alden Solovy’s prayers touch on the times of life we most fear. He finds words for the moments in which most of us have only tears and groans.”

New York Jewish Week, April 4, 2014
An Old Tale Told Anew (Haggadah Companion) – “This is Pesach poetry.”

Chicago Jewish Star, April 4, 2014
Bookmarks / Haggadah Companion: Meditations and Readings (Haggadah Companion) – “Solovy’s poems can be meditations or prayers, personal or universal.”

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