Prayer

A Map of a Shabbat Morning Prayer Service

Have you wondered if there's a shape to Jewish services? 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.

A Prayer for Healing from Bone-Related Surgery or Disease: 2 versions

Version 1:
both jointly composed by Rabbi Goldie Milgram & Hubbatzin Barry Bub, MD

Praised be the Source of Life, present in the miracle of human being, for the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.

Grant me ever renewing faith, courage, and comfort.

May each osteoblast, the cells which heal bones, be like the angel Gabriel, bringing strength and healing bonding.

May each white corpuscle, the cells which conquer infection, be like the angel Uriel, carrying healing light to the the site of surgery, rapidly closing each wound.

Sample Story: The God of Curried Fish

from Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning, Reclaiming Judaism Press



The God of Curried Fish
by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

 

Opening the Dialogue with God in B’nai Mitzvah Preparation

The B-Mitzvah (R)evolution

by Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel

An anxious pre-teen enters tentatively into my home for the first day of b’nai mitzvah training. We begin by chatting to learn the basics about each other. Listed below are some of the questions I ask and some of the responses I receive.

Sleepless and Worried about Work

Dear Reb Shohama,

I am a practicing Jew. I keep Kosher, attend Shabbat services regularly, and even attend morning minyan several times a week. Yet I find I cannot sleep well at night, because I am too worried about my responsibilities to my family and my business. What advice do you have for me? Sincerely, Bob

Dear Bob,

You are not alone in your dilemma. In fact, it is a common complaint.

YHVH Visualization on Deuteronomy 6:5

The following visualization that reveals the Godliness of each person was learned in person from Tzeitl Locher of Ameland, The Netherlands:

Judaism and Focusing Technique

Focusing, a technique developed by Dr. Gene Gendlin, synergizes beautifully with many forms of Jewish spiritual practice and allows us to amplify our spiritual authenticity and depth of experience. This paper cites some of the traditional texts and teachers that seem to have a felt-sense in their spiritual practice and teaching and also two examples of the application of focusing in Judaism.

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.

Chanting: One Important Form of Jewish Meditation

At many times in our history the repetition of sacred phrases has been recognized as helpful to a meaningful prayer experience. In my case I resisted a long time before trying any of this - some sort of fear kept me from it, as though I would die or something like that. Instead once I plunged in, each time the practice grew on me....like cultivating a taste for olives only much more special and valuable (forgive me, any olives that are reading this). Rabbi Shefa Gold introduced me to these practices, and I encourage you to seek out her work and teachings on the subject, she is a wise, authentic and safe teacher.