Pray

Enhancing the Amidah

A selection of piyyutim from the Rosh Hashanah Amidah

Ashrei: Psalm 145

The internal and external structure of this carefully-crafted Psalm serves to reinforce its theme of praising God as the caring, divine ruler of all creation.

Praying with Tears

Comment from the Zohar on Psalm 100 about praying with tears.

Dramatizing the Torah

The Torah reading in most synagogues is inaccessible, the author says, and needs to be "livened up" through the use of drama and performance art.

National Redemption

The blessings that conclude the Amidah's center section emphasize God's redemption of Israel.

The Blessings Around the Shema

The structure of these three blessings reflects the historical progress from creation to revelation to redemption.

Shema as a Love Story

The three paragraphs of the Shema can be interpreted allegorically by connecting each of the three paragraphs to a different stage of a growing, loving relationship.

Near and Far

The very structure of the normal Jewish blessing formula (Barukh Atah…) reflects the tension of recognizing and responding to God's immanence and transcendance.

Keva & Kavanah

How the balance of Keva (routine) and Kavanah (intention) inform Judaism and the thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Zechariah: Chapter 14: Calamity and Redemption

Sukkot Haftarah for First Day. Sukkot Prayer Services. Sukkot in the Community.

Yom Kippur Haftarah: Isaiah 57:14-58:14

The complete text (in English) for this Yom Kippur reading.

Numbers 29:7-11; Maftir

Yom Kippur Morning Torah Reading. Yom Kippur Services. Yom Kippur in the Community.