You Can’t Spend What You Ain’t Got: Eikev Prayer Links

In this portion, Moses presents the People with a jumble of sentiments -- from sweeping promises to dire threats -- which found their way into prominent roles in our prayers. And, while biblical context often has little to do with the use the siddur makes of the bible's language, our prayers do reflect this portion's … Continue reading You Can’t Spend What You Ain’t Got: Eikev Prayer Links

[One Hundred Thirty-]Six Degrees of Separation: Devarim Prayer Links

The mighty kings Og and Sihon -- mentioned in Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:4, with more detail in chapter 3 -- were defeated while the Israelites were still in the wilderness (Numbers/Bamidbar 20, 21). But Og and Sihon provide a direct connection to several prayers as well as to contemporary debate about what, more generally, is a "morally … Continue reading [One Hundred Thirty-]Six Degrees of Separation: Devarim Prayer Links

Seeing You in 42 Familiar Places (Mattot-Masei Prayer Links)

"In that small cafe; The park across the way; The children's carousel; The chestnut trees; The wishin' well. "I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places... I'll find you In the morning sun And when the night is new. I'll be looking at the moon, But I'll be seeing you." The relationship described … Continue reading Seeing You in 42 Familiar Places (Mattot-Masei Prayer Links)