Prayer shouldn’t be a shopping list

The right and wrong way to pray.

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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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