Tag Archives: Prayer

Help with Hallel?

Lovely readers, I am working on a textual meditation of sorts for a Passover seder, and I would be grateful if you could share, by comment or privately, anything that comes up for you in response to the following: “Describe a … Continue reading

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Taking on the Akeidah

I had an opening, with the help and support of some holy chevrei, to take on Binding of Isaac and accompanying meditations that occupy a conspicuous space during the morning blessings. This is what came out. My God and the God of … Continue reading

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The Sh’mantra

The Sh’ma is the central prayer of Jewish life, an affirmation that our God is Everything-That-Is-Was-and-Will-Be, the One Sovereign Reality of the Universe. Not long ago, I had the privilege of leading a beautiful community in reciting this prayer using … Continue reading

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Jewels of Elul: The Art of Beginning … Again … and Again

“This post is part of Jewels of Elul, which celebrates the Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days of the month of Elul to growth and discovery in preparation for the coming high holy days. This year the program is … Continue reading

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The Prayer Problem

Setting aside time every day for prayer is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It’s like learning how to sit up straight all the time. You try your best, but more often than not, you come up short. … Continue reading

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If My Friends Are ‘Culturally’ Jewish, What Does That Make Me?

Obviously, I understood that choosing a Jewish life meant joining a demographic minority, less than two percent of the U.S. population. What I didn’t understand as deeply is that by choosing a pretty observant Jewish life, I’d be joining a … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Jewish Prayer

Via MyJewishLearning.com: Prayer is the most difficult thing I do all day. Why? I have so much heavy, ugly baggage from growing up in the rural south at the highest (or maybe lowest) point of the Reagan years. My family … Continue reading

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Adar 5769 ~ March 2009

This month’s short diary opens with simple gratitude. With thanks for the breath in my body, the love that surrounds me. For the grace that brought me to this journey. For the freedom I have to take it. For my … Continue reading

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Tevet-Sh’vat 5769 ~ January-February 2009

I was on my own on the weekend of January 23rd while Brian was away at a conference, and something happened that, if I’m to be honest about it, scared me more than a little. It was Saturday night. I’d … Continue reading

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