Pray

Prayer 101

The texts and practices of prayer, while broadly common to all Jewish communities, vary according to local customs, ethnic origins, and ideologies.

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.

Siddur Contents: Shabbat & Holiday Liturgy

A guide to the prayerbook and the standard service.

How to Find a Mahzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

Options for purchasing printed books and downloading free PDFs.

Highlights of the Shabbat Morning Synagogue Service

The major parts of the Saturday morning service.

Tefilat Haderekh, The Traveler’s Prayer

A Jewish prayer that asks for a safe journey.

What Is the Kiddush?

Sanctifying Sabbath and holidays, with special blessings over wine.

Shabbat Liturgy

A guide to Shabbat services and what makes them unique.

Yizkor: The Jewish Memorial Service

Yizkor is recited four times a year during holiday synagogue services.

Jewish Liturgy

It's not just what you do in synagogue.