Hebrew is the Language of Hebrew Thoughts

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Blessings for Shabbat & Holidays

Texts, translations and transliterations.

Prayer as Polemic

Statements of belief through the ages.

Siddur: Jewish Prayer Book

Is the siddur a holy text or crib notes for a conversation with God?


The formal call to worship in morning and evening services.


Confessing your sins every day, twice a day, for the rest of your life.


Talmudic discussion of the liturgical use of Psalms 113-118 focuses on how the Psalms incorporate gratitude for God's past acts of salvation and confidence in God's future redemption of Israel.

Why Do Some Jews Sway in Prayer?

Also known as shuckling, this movement is particularly common in Hasidic worship.

The Nishmat Prayer

A thanksgiving hymn recited on Sabbath and holidays.


Sanctifying God's name.

The Kaddish Prayer

There are many versions of the Jewish 'mourner's prayer.'


Word found at the end of prayers has a long, complex history.