An Introduction to Jewish Prayer

By Hakham Isaac S.D. Sassoon The rabbis defined prayer as abodah she-balev (=worship of the heart; see Sifre Dt. 41; Ta‘an. 2a). When discussing the prayer book – as we are about to do – we must constantly bear that definition in mind. A person may entertain the kindliest sentiments towards the undernourished, but unless he gives…

Yagdil Torah w’Yadir

Ḥanukkah, 2012 We find ourselves in a precarious position, to be trite – like the fiddler on the roof. A small Jewish community in a proportionately small rural county finds itself with many of its members and potential members coming from backgrounds not as firmly anchored in their Jewish heritage as the residents of proverbial…


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