When making yeast bread, it's important to stick to the temperature given for the liquid in the recipe. If the liquid is too cold, it won't activate the yeast and the bread won't rise. If it's too hot, it kills the yeast, also resulting in bread that won't rise. Use an instant-read thermometer or candy thermometer to take the temperature of the liquid.
*If using quick active yeast, let dough rest 10 minutes after kneading, and omit first rising time.