Prayer

Route 17: Season Of Yizkor

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09/24/2012 - 20:00
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This is the season of memory, of Yizkor. The memorial prayer for loved ones is recited four times in a year, two of them in these days between Yom Kippur and Shemini Atzeret.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Yizkor’s brevity reflects the brief connection between This World and the Next.

Pew Study: More Americans Reject Religion, But Believers Firm In Faith

11/02/2015 - 19:00
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Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they were in the past — in certain respects even more so.

The 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study. Courtesy of Pew Research Center

Father Of 7 Kids Killed In Brooklyn House Fire Prays At Their Jerusalem Graves

04/21/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The father of the seven children who died in a Brooklyn house fire returned to the Jerusalem cemetery where they are buried to mark the shloshim, or 30 days since their death.

The Little Miracle That Connected Me To HaShem

Hashem works in interesting ways. In the middle 1990s, I had a really good psychotherapist who went for another job and I was broken up about it. Mom had her own health issues and it also bothered her that I lost a therapist we really trusted. I was depressed and Mom wanted to cheer me up.

It was Chanukah time and she was out shopping at the Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philadelphia and there was a Radio Shack that was having a grand opening sale. They were selling radios and Walkmans and knowing my love for music, she thought, “This will cheer Phyllis up.”

Phyllis Lit

All For One

10/07/2014 - 20:00

In response to Rabbi David Wolpe’s Musing (“Yom Kippur’s Web,” Oct. 3): We say the Veedoi (Confessional prayer), as well as other important prayers like Aleinu, for example, in plural, because, pure and simple, all of Israel are responsible for one another.

Yom Kippur As Renewal

10/07/2014 - 20:00

On the eve of the Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, we reflect on the power of the day and the opportunity for atonement.

Va-et-chanan: Personal Prayer, A Sanctuary With No Barriers

I grew up attending Temple BethEl in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Worship was a group activity. We recited the liturgy together, sometimes in response to the rabbi.

Communal worship binds Jews together. Parts of the liturgy, such as the Kedusha and Kaddish, may be recited only in a minyan, a gathering of ten adult Jews.

For some of us with disabilities, praying with a community is difficult. The synagogue may be inaccessible. Individuals who process verbal and written language differently from the “average congregant” might struggle to find and maintain their place in the prayerbook, keep pace with other worshippers, and switch between Hebrew and English.

Morocco Jews Pray For Rain At King’s Request

01/13/2014 - 19:00

At the request of the king, prayers for rain were held at synagogues throughout Morocco.

The prayers were recited on Saturday, one day after Muslims said similar prayers in mosques at the request of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan daily Le Matin reported. The king made the request upon learning that Morocco may suffer a drought this year.

Texting on Rosh Hashanah

There was undoubtedly more texting in shul this Rosh Hashanah than in past years. In most liberal congregations, texting was likely done as discreetly as possible, often with a cellphone hidden low in one's lap. In some congregations it might have been more overtly outside in the lobby or perhaps outside the synagogue building.

Is it tactful to text during Rosh Hashanah services?
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