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A Prayer of Gratitude for the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Rabbi Sharon Brous offered this prayer at the 2018 opening of a memorial to African-American victims of slavery and racial segregation.

How to Pray Through Infertility

Jewish tradition is no stranger to infertility, but it is only recently that liturgical responses to this struggle have emerged.

How to Pray for Happiness

The prayer Eilu Devarim reflects the seeming paradox that focusing on others more than ourselves makes us happier.

Shehechiyanu: A Meditation on this Moment

This blessing, traditionally recited for firsts, can be said anytime -- since every moment is new and unprecedented.

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.

Hamotzi: The Blessing Over Bread

Explanation of this blessing, full text and video tutorial.

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.