Sefer Review: Yam Hatefila


yam-hatefillahTefila is one of the cornerstones of our religion. We are privileged to be able to speak with Hakadosh Baruch Hu three times a day.

How can we maximize this opportunity?  How can we pray with more passion, more heart?  Without understanding fully and deeply what we are saying, we may not be taking full advantage of the chance that the Ribbono Shel Olam has given us.  There is a new sefer that can explain tefilah to enhance the experience for the reader and help him connect with his Maker.

The sefer titled Yam Hatefila (Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Zakutinsky 455 pages) is a Hebrew work dedicated to explaining all aspects of Tefila. The sefer is composed of two parts. The first is an in depth analysis of all topics and aspects related to Tefila based on their sources in the Gemara and Rishonim. It follows the Brisker style of learning which is used in all Yeshivos. The second chelek, is a description of the inner workings of the Neshama throughout the Tefila process and what thoughts and emotions one should have to correspond to these inner workings of the soul. The author bases this chelek on the teachings of the Maharal, Rav Tzadok HaCohen of Lublin, and the Baal HaTania.

One might assume that a work on such deep concepts would be too complicated for the average reader.    However, this work does the exact opposite for the reader. The author has the amazing ability of taking lofty concepts and making them accessible to everyone.  With the Sefer Yam Hatefila, one’s tefila  can be enhanced in unimaginable ways.

The author told me that the sefer is available in select stores. To order a copy from the author, please contact cost of the sefer is $15 plus shipping and handling.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. I have a copy of this sefer, it is being sold at biegeleisen in brooklyn, it really is an amazing sefer many great chidushim, definitely worthwhile.