Pray

The Shema: How Listening Leads to Oneness

Judaism's foundational prayer calls on us not merely to listen, but to remember that there is one force of connection uniting us all.

Readings Every Jewish Mourner Should Know

These are among Judaism’s most comforting words.

How to Say the Shehechiyanu Blessing

This blessing is traditionally recited upon doing something for the first time.

How to Choose a Siddur, or Jewish Prayer Book

It helps to know what lies behind the muted bindings and the denominational labels of today's wide array of possibilities.

Jewish Prayer for the Sick: Mi Sheberach

A healing prayer for when a loved one is suffering.

The Mourner’s Kaddish: A Memorial Prayer in Praise of God

What you need to know about this Jewish prayer recited in memory of the dead.

The Shema

An affirmation of God’s singularity, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment.

Jewish Prayers and Liturgy 101

An overview of the texts that guide Jewish worship.

Siddur Contents: Shabbat & Holiday Liturgy

A guide to the prayerbook and the standard service.

The Traveler’s Prayer: What You Say Along the Way

In Judaism, it is the journey, not the destination, that matters.

How Can I Pray If I Don’t Believe The Words?

Prayer is not a statement of belief, but a literary creation -- with all the power, nuance and complexity of literary creations.

Al Hanisim: A Holiday Prayer of Thanks for Everyday Miracles

Why does the prayer recited on Hanukkah fail to make any mention of the holiday's central miracle?