Do you have to pray from a prayerbook? Can tears be considered a prayer? We are taught that other lines of communication with God are only sometimes open, but the "gate of tears" is never closed.Read more
Praying In a Synagogue
Isn't it better to pray alone, without distractions?
Synagogues were originally for Jewish study and gathering--not necessarily prayer.
Changing trends in the use or non-use of a head covering in synagogue.
Tips for the novice shul-goer.
Everything old is new again.
Ways to Pray
Prayer means learning how to speak with God.
Do you have to pray from a prayerbook?
The history of body movements in prayer and Torah study.
We repeatedly pray from an established text, and yet our prayers need to come from the heart.
The role of kavvanah--meaning what you say--in Jewish liturgy.
Moving from praise to petition to thanksgiving, the Amidah inculcates a sense of connection to God.
Introductory blessings and psalms offer spiritual preparation for the morning prayer service.
Psalms 113-118 incorporate gratitude for God's acts of salvation in the past, and confidence in God's future redemption of Israel.
A formal call to worship.
Psalm 145 has a carefully-crafted internal and external structure.
Elements of the Shabbat, holiday, and regular weekday morning service.
Jewish prayerbooks today are easier on the eye--but they challenge the heart and mind.
Edited by Jonathan Sacks
Edited by Jules Harlow
Edited by Rabbi Elyse D. Frishman