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The mechanics and mysticism that comprise ‘tefillah’
Prayer serves as the heart of Jewish communal life. The majority of American Jews attends services at least once or twice a year, yet most admit that they don’t understand the language (Hebrew) or context of prayer. Does that sound familiar . . . sitting ...
Some tips to make prayer services more meaningful for those of all ages
With Yom Kippur fast approaching (the holiday begins several minutes before sunset on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and ends the night of Wednesday, Oct. 13), Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis all over the world are putting the finishing touches on their sermons and other rema...
A Chabad center where Jews arrive in a constant throng, many experiencing their identity for the first time
“I’m melting in this heat; I almost feel like I’m going to pass out,” says Rabbi Yosef Halperin. Jerusalem is in midst of a heat wave. I ask him if he would prefer to talk a different day, but he quickly answers that this is the way it’s going to be for a...
Emissaries build for the future in economically challenging times
Back in 1998 when Rabbi Mendel Zarchi was in a Kollel Institute for Advanced Studies listening to graduates talk about where they might land, someone mentioned a place that had not always been hospitable to Jews: Puerto Rico. Zarchi was aware of its histo...
In less than a year, an online video series by Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan has found an active audience
Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, chief Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Maryland, has been airing a weekly program on Jewish.tv—titled “Discussions on Prayer” —since last December. His loyal and growing audience recently celebrated a significant milestone in such a relat...
An Israeli craftsman is helping his Ukraine hometown bring its central synagogue back to its former glory.
On Yom Kippur, Yizkor book memorialized those lost to the pandemic
Yom Kippur, the holiest and most solemn day of the year, offers not only an opportunity for forgiveness and a new beginning, but is also a time to remember loved ones who passed on, especially during the Yizkor remembrance prayer. This Yom Kippur, standin...
Israeli expat on New Zealand soccer team expresses gratitude with prayer
With fewer than three minutes remaining in regulation time, Jewish striker Tomer Hemed’s team, the A-League Wellington Phoenix, was trailing 2-1, and it appeared they’d drop the game to their opponents, Melbourne City. Then, in a deft feat of athleticism,...
Hundreds of congregations to remember the departed on Sunday, Sept. 27
More people attend synagogue on Yom Kippur (observed this year from several minutes before sunset on Sunday, Sept. 27, to after nightfall on Monday, Sept. 28) than any day of the year, with people from all walks of Jewish life making a special effort to a...
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The second day of Shavuot (this year, Shabbat, May 30) is one of the four times a year when Yizkor, a prayer for departed loved ones, is traditionally said in synagogue. This year, millions of Jews will be unable to attend synagogue on Shavuot. While it i...
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