Prayer

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

Feelings of awe, and dependence on God, are not the same as devotion.

Oct. 26 2018 12:01AM

Agnon or Herzog?

Tracy Frydberg
April 24 2018 12:01AM

In a biblical book many of whose poems express anxiety and apprehension, Psalm 104 is a confident and joyous singalong.

April 4 2018 12:01AM

A prayer book was edited so that the wicked Greeks became wicked Syrians.

Devin Naar
Dec. 20 2017 12:01AM

The promise and peril of calling angels to bless your Sabbath table.

Sept. 7 2017 12:01AM

At the instigation of a 16th-century sultan.

F.M. Loewenberg
Sept. 5 2017 12:01AM