Teachings: Meaningful Prayers & Services

A Map of a Shabbat Morning Prayer Service

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah (R)evolution continues!
Have you wondered if there's a shape, form or flow to Jewish religious services on weekdays, Shabbat or holy days? There is actually a beautiful flow and careful sequencing developed by the ancestors. We begin at ground level as individuals with prayers of gratitude for body, mind and soul. We ascend into the level of raising emotions with psalm singing where we begin to feel more like a community gathered than individuals assembling.

Finding the Prayer of Your Heart

Experiencing the Meaning & Depth of Jewish Prayer

Many complain of having difficulty finding deep meaning in the traditional prayer service. Many of us were conditioned to accept that for Jews "praying" is accomplished by simply reciting or chanting all the words, preferably in Hebrew. It is helpful and interesting to note that in the Talmud our ancestors worried that writing down their prayers could lead to just such a deadening rote recitation by subsequent generations.

Special Ways of Saying Thank You

          Gratitude is one of the most important human emotions. As the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah day nears, it is time to contemplate how to most meaningfully thank those who have been on your Bar/Bat Mitzvah team