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Quote of the Day: The Shema and its Blessings

“At the heart of the Jewish liturgy, recited twice daily, stands the Shema. The opening line of the Shema consists of an acknowledgement of Hashem as One. In the blessing that precedes and prepares for the recitation of the Shema, … Continue reading

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Kavana, Prayer, and Torah Faithfulness

In Matthew 6:1-18, Yeshua emphasizes the importance of kavana, of proper intention, in observance of Torah commands. According to Yeshua, the intention of observing the mitzvot should not be so that others see you doing them, but rather out of … Continue reading

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Liturgy: Dead or Living?

*A Radical Repost from 2009 In response to our last post on Jewish prayer , Kari, a reader, observed that a large part of our movement carries tremendous baggage on the subject, and many people seem to recoil at the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: The Morning Minyan

“Where can one go to see both freedom and unity in action? Go the morning minyan. Jews pray in a peculiar way. Walking into the service one would think that each individual is wrapped not only in a tallit but … Continue reading

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“What does the Almighty need prayer for? Why did he tell man to pray? Not the Almighty, but man changes through prayer. G-d hearkens to prayer because there is a change in the identity of man. By praying man attains … Continue reading

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Rethinking Jewish Prayer

What do you think about prayer? Do you envision prayer as participation in a Sacred Drama? Do you think of the Siddur as an instrument of holiness? As the High Holidays approach, it is appropriate to think deeper about prayer. … Continue reading

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The true motivation for prayer is not, as it has been said, the sense of being at home in the universe, but rather the sense of not being at home in the universe. Is there a sensitive heart that could … Continue reading

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As a follow up to our prior discussion on Jewish liturgy, here’s a voice from the church pews: If church leaders try to establish a style of worship based upon their preferences or based upon satisfying congregants’ competing preferences, then … Continue reading

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Prayer is of Consequence

What is a Jewish community if it is not first a house of prayer? And what is a Messianic Jewish community if it does not exist to bring Jews together in a vibrant, soul-shaking experience of Jewish communal prayer? A … Continue reading

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Davening is like being in love – while it can be described in words and rationally defined, the only way to truly understand and fully appreciate its sublime meaning, its profound power, and its spiritual potency, is to experience it … Continue reading

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