Prayer

“There is only one joy: to increase and not to lessen the world’s joy.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer and David Stromberg
May 20 2021 12:01AM

Prayer isn’t the same across religions.

Avital Hazony Levi
April 9 2021 12:01AM

Its meaning in the Bible is “Truly said!” or “So be it!” After that it acquired its intense liturgical emotion, and then hasn’t changed much since.

Jan. 28 2021 12:01AM

Prayers on the death of a father.

Nov. 30 2020 12:01AM

“We pray sincerely for America and the ideals of democracy and freedom that are here enshrined.”

Joseph Lookstein
Nov. 27 2020 12:01AM

Accompanied by a master player of the santur.

Ruben Malekan
Sept. 23 2020 12:01AM

An ancient rabbinic dispute pitted eminent scholars against one another. The Taḥanun prayer is rooted in that story of public shame and private distress.

July 27 2020 12:01AM

Some reflections on solitary prayer and mixed-sex seating.

July 15 2020 12:01AM

Not an expression of indignity, but of commitment to being an agent of the divine will.

Avital Levi
June 10 2020 12:01AM

When ancient practices for honoring the dead become a threat to the living.

March 23 2020 12:01AM

To pray is to be human; to be human is to pray.

March 2 2020 12:01AM

And how it enriches other realms of life.

Feb. 19 2020 12:01AM

An illuminated manuscript reflecting the Roman Jewish rite.

National Library of Israel
Feb. 14 2020 12:01AM

It’s at once the most famous affirmation of Jewish belief—no other sentence in Judaism is more powerful—and the most misunderstood.

Feb. 11 2020 12:01AM