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.
It helps to know what lies behind the muted bindings and the denominational labels of today's wide array of possibilities.
An affirmation of God’s singularity, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment.
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.
Different versions and parallels from classical sources and manuscripts provide an interesting perspective on this controversial blessing.
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.
The Torah is taken out during prayer services on Shabbat, Mondays and Thursdays.
The blessings that conclude the Amidah's center section emphasize God's redemption of Israel.
Moving from praise to petition to thanksgiving, the Amidah inculcates a sense of connection to God.
The structure of these three blessings reflects the historical progress from creation to revelation to redemption.