Category: liturgy

Sukkot and Babylon

Many centuries of prayers linked the fragility of Sukkot with exile.

Siddur as Hometown: Don’t Dismiss the Travel Guide

We often treat the siddur like our own hometown: we can imagine why others are fascinated

MiShebeirach for Circles of Pain

Introduction: Every bullet leaves pain in circles rippling outward, like the diameter of the bomb the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai once described. Amichai’s bomb extends from 30 centimeters to the immediate range of dead and […]

(Beyond 39)

“With social media, people were no longer talking. The [contemporary storytelling] movement really began because people missed people. That’s what storytelling does: It connects people.” So Syd Lieberman told Sam Payne of “The Apple Seed” […]

More on Kaddish: Resources and Notes

Additional notes and resources from the Temple Micah Siddur Study‘s recent session on kaddish.

Exploring Kaddish: Some Resources and an Invitation

UPDATED 7/27 : See clarification on Aramaic and names of God below. Also see post-Siddur Study “More on Kaddish” resources and notes. Is Kaddish — in its various forms — “prayer,” as in some combination […]

Opening and the Ark

What does it mean to open the Ark? In my experience the Torah service exhibits more diversity than any other part of a Jewish service. Reading length varies across denominations. General approach ranges from informal […]

“You Didn’t Build That” Ben Zoma Style

“How hard did the first person have to struggle to toil before he could eat a piece of bread: he seeded, plowed, reaped…But I arise in the morning and find all these foods ready for […]

A Mountain Called Zion…

“Our hearts beat with certainty that there is a day and an hour, and a mountain called Zion…” These messianic words startled me when the congregation was asked to recite this unfamiliar passage the other […]

In Need of New Language

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) needs new God-language and is asking for input. Here are two cents, which I hope will be useful to the CCAR and all who happen upon them. Searching […]