prayer

Who Taught You to Pray?

Prayer is a natural part of human existence, requiring neither a belief system nor even instruction about how to do it.

Why Music is Fundamental to Jewish Prayer

Jewish tradition teaches that music unlocks the door to divine connection.

Psalm 23: Who Walks in the Valley of the Shadow of Death?

These words are commonly understood as reassurance that God accompanies us in our darkest moments, but some ancient rabbis understood them differently.

Viha’arev Nah: Multiple Doorways Into Torah

This short prayer hints at the various ways we encounter Judaism's foundational text.

Why Do Jews Pray in the Plural?

Jewish liturgy is almost always written in the plural form. Here's why.

Praying for a Rebuilt and Redeemed Jerusalem

The 14th and 15th blessings of the Amidah pose some difficult theological questions.

Counting the Solitude

Modelled on the Jewish practice of counting the Omer, this prayer is for those counting their days in quarantine or lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Spiritual Well-Being in Times of Crisis

Seven "postures for the spirit" to cultivate peace in difficult moments.

Beginning the Amidah by Connecting to Our Ancestors

The opening to the Amidah prayer shifts the perspective from personal needs to the long arc of Jewish history.

A Prayer for the Planet

Instead of assuming that humans can fix every problem, the prayer humbly asks God to bless creation again.