In Judaism, it is the journey, not the destination, that matters.
The prayer Eilu Devarim reflects the seeming paradox that focusing on others more than ourselves makes us happier.
The prayer's three paragraphs seem unrelated, but they lead us on the steps of a spiritual journey.
The simple words of this traditional morning blessing draw us back to the dawn of our mythic creation.
Jewish tradition calls for the washing of hands every morning, which serves as a reminder to use them for holy purposes.
Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.
This blessing, traditionally recited for firsts, can be said anytime -- since every moment is new and unprecedented.
Judaism's foundational prayer calls on us not merely to listen, but to remember that there is one force of connection uniting us all.
Why does the prayer recited on Hanukkah fail to make any mention of the holiday's central miracle?
This prayer calls on us to discover where the brokenness of the world overlaps with our particular human gifts.
From the constriction of our places of pain, Psalm 118 invites us into the wide expanse of the divine presence.
Both the holidays when this prayer is recited are marked by courageous human action in making space for the miraculous.
Why does the holiest day of the Jewish year begin with a dry legal formula renouncing vows?
Jewish mysticism sees the sanctification of wine as a spiritual practice to manifest God's presence in the world.
This prayer, traditionally recited in the evening, envisions God as a guide and shelter.