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What Do You Plan To Do About It?

Central to every service is the Amidah, the silent prayer, the prayer we say standing (and sometimes swaying with emotion and concentration) before our Master and the Creator of all things. Each weekday, Amidah is the central un-changing core of the 3 prayer times. Conversely, it is the change in the content of the Amidah which differentiates Shabbat from the rest of the week. In a way, the Amidah is the... read more

BlogElul Day 29: Return

This post is part of the #blogelul project started by the inimitable Ima On (and off) the Bima. I am using it as my motivation to rejuvenate this site and get myself back into the swing of things. The theme of return is a natural on for the last post of the BlogElul project. But for me it carries a great deal of personal meaning. Completing all 29 posts indicates a return to a writing habit I had to give... read more

BlogElul Day 28: Give

This post is part of the #blogelul project started by the inimitable Ima On (and off) the Bima. I am using it as my motivation to rejuvenate this site and get myself back into the swing of things. The act of giving seems to me, at times, to be one of the least intuitively human things we do. Anybody who has been around 3-5 year old people knows this. “Give him a turn”, “Give her the... read more

BlogElul Day 27: Intend

This post is part of the #blogelul project started by the inimitable Ima On (and off) the Bima. I am using it as my motivation to rejuvenate this site and get myself back into the swing of things. The concept of “intention” is one which, in Jewish thinking, is extremely powerful. If you intend to do a mitzvah, but are somehow thwarted, you still get credit for it. If I intend to visit a friend... read more

Blogelul Day 26: Hope

This post is part of the #blogelul project started by the inimitable Ima On (and off) the Bima. I am using it as my motivation to rejuvenate this site and get myself back into the swing of things. What, exactly, is “hope”. Is it the same thing as a wish? As more than a dream but less than a want? Is hope a fervent prayer, but one which you aren’t sure will be answered (or at least,... read more

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