A Hasidic teaching offers a way to understand this prayer that seems to suggest our words of divine praise are inherently insufficient.
How to integrate meditation into Jewish prayer.
The Modim prayer, part of the Amidah, in Hebrew, English and transliteration.
The Talmud teaches that one who recites Ashrei three times daily is guaranteed a place in the World to Come.
A curious feature of the poetry of this prayer hints at a key component of the quest for happiness.
The first prayer traditionally recited upon awakening in the morning is commonly translated as "I thank you," but that's not all it means.
The morning blessing Yotzer Or teaches something fundamental about the Jewish conception of God, and the key to successful human relationships.
God does not show us love through indulgence or simple tenets of faith, but by illuminating the way to a holy life.
The pursuit of proper kavanah, the Hebrew term for directed attention, has long concerned Jewish thinkers.
Our praise of God for rolling away the darkness from the light is a statement of faith that while certain times may be hard, they are never eternal.