Rabbi Daniel Kohn

Extras in the Siddur

Editors of siddurim (prayer books) have included a variety of bonus materials.

Shabbat Liturgy

A guide to Shabbat services and what makes them unique.

Why Some Holidays Last Longer Outside Israel

Israelis and liberal Jews observe fewer days for some holidays than traditional Diaspora Jews.

Purim Plays and Carnivals

Creative ways that fulfill the religious obligation to have fun.

What a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guest Needs to Know

What to expect and how to behave at a bar/bat mitzvah service.

Prayer Services of Rosh Hashanah

The unique New Year prayers vividly recall the major themes of the holiday.

Preliminary Blessings and Psalms

With introductory blessings and psalms, the creators of the Jewish prayer service created a model that allowed for spiritual preparation prior to the main section of the morning service.

The Torah Service

The drama of the service draws upon imagery from Israel's history of wandering in the Sinai wilderness to the worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Amidah

Moving from praise to petition to thanksgiving, the Amidah inculcates a sense of connection to God.

Siddur Contents: Shabbat & Holiday Liturgy

A guide to the prayerbook and the standard service.