There is an architecture to the Siddur which is truly a work of splendor. It was not created by one hand, nor at one time or in one place. The Siddur records the Jewish People's joyous searching for God, but it also records their longing for redemption, even as the text frequently marks suffering and hostile surroundings. This work is intended to form the background for a meaningful devotion to prayer, during the week and on the major festivals. It will help guide the novice through the different prayers and make these prayers more understandable and fulfilling. It will also give the daily davener a sense of where these prayers came from, how the rabbis developed them, and even their deeper purpose and meaning.