What is the Amidah?
The Jewish Standing Prayer
The Amidah is the core of every Jewish worship service and refers to a series of blessings recited while standing. Learn more this prayer with Rabbi David Wolkenfeld of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago.
Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments?
Why this central part of the Torah is not in our daily liturgy
At one time, during the Second Temple period, the Ten Commandments were read daily as part of the liturgy. Find out why it is no longer part of our daily prayers.
A Convert's Observance Checklist
One of my main goals with this blog is to promote practicality and clarity in the conversion process. I made this checklist for myself, but since converts LOVE checking things off lists, I decided to share and expand it. This list does presume a certain level of knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with a term, check the Glossary or Google it if it's not located there. Also, this does not talk about Jewish ideas or beliefs. Those are presumed parts of your study. This list will focus on the practical observances you will take on as part of your conversion process. I think it's comprehensive, but that is no guarantee that it is!
I'll be traveling soon. Is there a Jewish prayer I can say before I embark on my trip?
Judaism offers us the opportunity to bless both our everyday moments and special occasions. Travel, whether for business or pleasure, is an occasion worthy of a blessing, expressing our hopes for both a wonderful time and a safe return home. The Tefilat Haderech, the Wayfarer's Prayer, offers beautiful words for doing just that.
JK Rowling Gets into Twitter Spat Over Anti-Semitism
The ‘Harry Potter’ author defends Jews online.
Earlier today, a regular occurrence ran its course—JK Rowling saw a tweet that upset her, and so took to Twitter to retort. Fans have learned to hold their breath whenever she says something, because she has not been without controversy.
But this time the cause was just— the tweet that set her off insisted that Jews, as a religion, could not be the victim of racism, so Rowling spoke out to decry anti-Semitism.