The Relevance of Prayer in the...

Nov 14, 2017 by

The morning after the Las Vegas Massacre, several identical posts appeared on Facebook, many from rabbis, declaring that ‘Prayer is...

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On the Same Page

Nov 8, 2017 by

How to get 6000+ people on the same page for a service? When we started Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars more than a decade ago, we...

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A New Amen

Nov 3, 2017 by

The Talmud asks, what is the meaning of the word ‘amen’? Rabbi Ḥanina responds: “It is an acronym of the words: “God, faithful...

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Heroic Prayer: Climbing out of...

Apr 27, 2017 by

“Why pray? And what is prayer, to you?” Rabbi Don Goor asked me as I sat in front of the crowd at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem last week. It...

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The Story Behind “Come, Rain” ...

Feb 21, 2017 by

“Come, Rain” is not only a prayer for rain, it’s a metaphor for the blessings of love. Love waters our lives, our hopes, and our...

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A Blessing for Inauguration Sh...

Jan 19, 2017 by

As we enter this Shabbat and are on the cusp of new political leadership we pray for a unifying vision based on the Declaration of...

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A Prayer for Shabbat Tzedek an...

Jan 12, 2017 by

This Sabbath, Jews around the world will complete the reading of the Book of Genesis, hold the Torah high, and pronounce, “Chazak,...

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Prayer Revisited

Aug 26, 2016 by

For years, I led people in prayer. It was always clear to me that prayer operates on three levels—personal, communal, and universal....

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