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Prayer is a central tenet of Judaism. Jews pray as a way to connect with the Divine, chant ancient poetry, and join with others in community during weekday prayer, Shabbat, and other holidays. Although prayer can be done without the use of ritual items, some Jews find deep spiritual meaning in wearing special items to enhance this sacred experience.

The music of our Jewish tradition and others can bring us comfort and, at the same time, strengthen our resolve to continue to support one another.

Although we associate prayer with liturgy that our rabbis and sages developed over the centuries, the act of unscripted prayer is equally important and authentic to the Jewish experience.

Memorial Day may not be a Jewish holiday, but the concept of remembering and honoring our dead is certainly a Jewish value. Here are a few Memorial Day prayers you may wish to recite in honor of this holiday.

    God on High,
    What an amazing array of gifts
    Stand before us.
    Food, family, friends.
    Your bounty and grace.

    A new movement is emerging to transform prayer into a more powerful and compelling practice, building upon our ancestors’ recognition that we truly can effect change through prayer.

    This Thanksgiving seder was compiled by Rabbi Phyllis Sommer of Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL.

    As a member of the editorial team creating the new High Holy Day prayer book, I can report on behalf of all of us that we are not creating a book, per se, so much as a sacred component that is part of the solution to a problem (or set of problems). 

    One cannot overestimate the importance Sh'ma Yisrael has in Jewish heritage throughout the gener

    In Judaism, there are both public and private aspects of prayer. Jewish prayer is both set and spontaneous.


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