Podcast: Praying in My Own Words vs. the Prayer Book

Rabbi Menachem Nissel explains the benefits of informal and formal prayer

Writing a Letter to God

A simple exercise that can transform your life.

Chris Pratt, Keep Praying

When did prayer become a dirty word?

Asking God

His friend had seven children. He was only asking for one.

Understanding Prayer: 10 Short Videos on How Prayer Can Change Your Life

Engaging heart, mind and soul in this central Jewish practice.

Q&A: What Is the Purpose of Prayer?

God already knows what’s best for me, so why pray?

Yizkor: The Memorial Prayer Service

A basic explanation of the what, how and why of this meaningful prayer.

My Husband’s Brain Tumor

God is listening, even when I mumble.

Getting Your Prayers Answered

Understanding why and how prayer works. A Jewish perspective.

Barcheinu: A Beautiful Jewish Music Video

Classic Hebrew lyrics sung to the contemporary song, A Thousand Years.

Crash Course in Jewish Blessings

Why do we bless God? Isn’t He blessing us?

Message from a Bird

Was God even listening to me?

The San Bernardino Massacre And Prayer

Why those who think “God isn’t fixing this” are wrong.

Two Sides to Every Desk: A Rosh Hashanah Parable

My boss summoned me into his office. He stood on one side of the desk and I stood on the other.

How to Transform Your High Holidays

A moving story about a young man, an old Jew and a poetry contest.

Are You There God? It's Me, Mushka

Is God our BFF who also just happens to rule the world?

A Jewish Mantra

How an ancient 12-word Jewish prayer changed my life.

A Letter from God

A few things to keep in mind as Rosh Hashanah draws near.

Heartfelt Prayer Is Never in Vain

Rachel Frankel said, “If tomorrow, God forbid, I’ll hear the worst news, I don’t want my children to feel that where did all my prayers go?”

Answered Prayers

If we pray with sincerity, there is no such thing as an unanswered prayer.

Tackling Psalms

I could picture the bubbies in the shtetl crying with their books of Psalms, but me?

The Meaning of Kaddish

The message of the Kaddish prayer - remembering your mission in this world.

Shema Yisrael & the Motorcyclist

The meaning of proclaiming God’s unity.

Four Steps to Effective Prayer

Am I talking to a wall? And doesn’t God already know what I need?

Dear Siddur

You were with me during times of joy and pain. After 17 years, it’s time to say goodbye.

Did God Throw the NBA Finals?

God is the ultimate MVP. Doesn’t the guy I’m dating know that?

Defying Time

The afternoon Mincha prayer is a crucial moment to stop and appraise.

Under the Prayer Shawl

Secrets of the Priestly Blessing

The Names of God

Exploring the meaning of God's two most essentials names: An excerpt from R. Weisz's new book PrayerWorks.

Rabbi, Pray For Me

Why are so many Jews uncomfortable with heartfelt prayer?

Passover’s Secret of Success

How to jumpstart your personal exodus.

The FedEx Guide to Self-Forgiveness

When you absolutely, positively have to forgive yourself overnight.

Meeting Jason Alexander

Why is it such a thrill to meet a real, live celebrity?

Wedding Day Dreams

Know someone getting married? Give them this list and they'll thank you for life.

Psychotherapy and Prayer: Our Personal Exile

Becoming aware of the different aspects of our personality, particularly our darker side.

Livin' on a Prayer

Our wildest dreams are possible… if we want them badly enough.

Psychotherapy and Prayer

Breaking free from our own harsh judgments.

Tumors are Miracles Too

A tumor? In my little nephew's brain?

Mending the Bonds

Prayer is a powerful tool to repair our relationship with God and man.

Five Thousand Prayers

As my brother lies in a coma, I gain hope from the blink of his eyes.

A Wing and a Prayer

Rushing to my grandfather's funeral, I got in sync with my GPS.

Ultrasound

Each one of us in that waiting room had something in common: in silence, we awaited an anguished moment of terrifying truth.

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