Prayer shouldn’t be a shopping list

The right and wrong way to pray.

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“It is not in Heaven”?

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My Problem with the Hamptons Shul — Solved

About 13 years ago, while a student at Brooklyn College, I was very active at the Hillel House and even held a position on the e-board (basically, a student board — not sure what the “e” stood for, “executive” maybe?) as “Director of Jewish Learning. Anyway, I attended a Hillel “leadership” weekend retreat (essentially a […]

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Elijah, Jonah, and Resurrection

It is through the power of charity that the dead are destined to be resurrected.

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Women and Tefillah

[NOTE: The word “tefilah” here connotes the silent meditative prayer, also called “Shemoneh Esreh” or “Amidah,” that forms the core of all Jewish prayer services.] Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law), Orach Chayim 106:1: “Women… even though they are exempt from reciting the Sh’ma, are obligated in tefillah, because it is a positive commandment that […]

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Sickness Is Next to Godliness?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 101:4: Some say that [one one must pray only in the Holy Tongue (Hebrew)] when one is asking for one’s needs, such as praying for a sick person… Mishnhah Berurah, ad loc: That is, when [the one praying] is not in the presence of the sick person, but in the presence of the […]

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Tefilah (prayer) and Mal’achim (angels)

See this post and this post for more on this topic. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 101:4: When praying alone (i.e. not with a quorum of ten men), one should only pray in the Holy Tongue (i.e. Hebrew)… There are those that opine that even an one praying alone, when asking [G-d] for one’s needs, may ask […]

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