Pray

A Presidential Ritual

Last Monday evening a light rain fell on the Capitol City where I live on 16th Street, a mile up ...

The Holiness of Vacation

Every Thursday afternoon at my yeshiva college in Queens my Gemara rebbe (teacher of Talmud) would offer a short thought ...

Engaging our Teens

At Congregation B’nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT, I’m blessed with a class of almost 30 eighth graders and we meet weekly ...

The Power of Blessing Someone

What is in the power of a name? Why is naming someone in prayer so sacred and moving? I will ...

The Jewish Message

Earlier this week, Tom Fields-Meyer wrote about reading and thinking about books and took a look at autism and God. He has been ...

What Is A Gabbai?

Gabbai (pl. gabbaim) is an Aramaic word that means tax collector, but today a gabbai is someone who assists with the reading of the Torah.

Personal Prayer

A Jewish woman prays from the heart.

Women’s Tefillah Movement

How Orthodox women found a halakhic way to be involved in services.

Kaddish is a Mystery

The essence of Kaddish may be less in the meaning of the words than in the experience of reciting it with other Jews.

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.