Tag: prayer

Maintaining Self and Struggle

A meditation linking God’s four-letter name – YHVH (yud-hey-vav-hey) – with the human body/soul can help focus on God’s presence and power in our lives. I have relied on this meditation since Rabbi David Shneyer […]

Yet More on Psalm 27 (3 of 4)

The close of Psalm 27 — קַוֵּה, אֶל-יְהוָה: חֲזַק, וְיַאֲמֵץ לִבֶּךָ; וְקַוֵּה, אֶל-יְהוָה. Hope in the LORD; strengthen yourself, let your heart take courage, and hope in the Lord [Psalm 27:14] — is often cited […]

Speech, Suspicion, and Security

My God, help me remember that “just as the hand can kill, so can the tongue,” tweet, blog, or Congressional hearing…. Update from House Committee on Homeland Security — “On March 10, the Committee will […]

Shoulder to Shoulder, All Faiths and Philosophies

March 7, 2011, is the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar. The new moon, with its slim light, is traditionally understood as a time of some anxiety and of hope. Prayers recited […]

At the New Moon

Here’s a new PDF prayer supplement, “At the New Moon,” brought to you by “Rosh Hodesh Elul DC,” a loosely formed group of men and women in solidarity with Women of the Wall. (Print back-to-back […]

As the Moon Waxes, So May Our Understanding Increase

Below is a kavanah [meditation/intention], inspired by Women of the Wall, for prayers at the new moon. Please share for individual or congregational use on Rosh Hodesh, at the announcement of the new month or […]

Is Thanks Ever Simple?-part 1

Or: Don’t think of a Green Hippo! Recently, the leader of Fabrangen West‘s Birkot Ha-Shachar/Psukei D’Zimra [Morning Blessings and Verses of Song] introduced the service by asking that we consider the pshat [literal meaning] of […]

MORE Jewish (Women’s) Prayer

Are you interested in an interdenominational exploration of Jewish prayer, especially Jewish women’s prayers?

Groundbreaking, Part 2

Part 2: Prayer Books, Gender and Sex “Groundbreaking” as dialogue across the spectrum?

When the Ground Breaks

Part 1: Prayer Books and Women Is offering a single feminine verb-form an innovation in Jewish prayer?