Pray

Speaking to God

Prayer means learning how to speak with God

Prayer as a Way of Being

Beyond services and synagogue, the challenge of living a prayerful life

Food Blessings

I have to eat in holiness and purity, because I am doing God's will by eating.

Hasidic Prayer

The ecstatic prayer of the early Hasidim reflects the rediscovery of God's presence in the world.

Biblical Prayer

Spontaneity and creativity were hallmarks of prayer in the time of the Bible.

Reforming Jewish Liturgy

Modernity has caused Jews of every ideology to relate differently to the content of their prayers.

Prayer in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

The masters of Kabbalah ascribed radically new meaning and importance to traditional practices of prayer.

‘Awake, Awake, Miriam the Prophetess’

Selections from two tehines (women's prayers)

Tehines: Women’s Prayers

Not part of the fixed liturgy, women used these prayers to commemorate special holidays and special times in their lives.

Fixed Prayer and Spontaneity

Reconciling the experience of repeatedly praying from an established text with the need for prayer to come from the heart.

Deuteronomy 6:4–The Shema

While the Shema has been seen as a declaration of absolute monotheism, it has other meanings in its biblical and liturgical contexts.

Music and Jewish Prayer

Music in Jewish worship can be high art or popular song, by solo expression or with group participation.