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Europe’s schools now bow in prayer toward Mecca

A principal in Europe: A 12-year-old boy came to me and said, 'I hate you. We will take back the country'. They reject our culture, our values. Their hatred is unimaginable."

Europe’s schools now bow in prayer toward Mecca

Moving public prayer meeting at Ulpanat Horev

Ulpanat Horev in Jerusalem holds a public prayer meeting for the wellbeing of IDF soldiers and the return of those kidnapped

Moving public prayer meeting at Ulpanat Horev

Miracles today

Hashem performs small and grand miracles daily and we must be grateful for them all, from finding lost objects to winning the current war..

Miracles today

Toldot: Hashem accepted Isaac's prayer, not Rivkah's

This thorny question as seen in the eyes of various commenttators.

Toldot: Hashem accepted Isaac's prayer, not Rivkah's

'Creator of the world, I love you'

Our sages taught that righteous people can transform G-d’s severe judgment into Divine acts of compassion.

'Creator of the world, I love you'

Why? Why? Why?

Rambam: If a great tribulation comes upon the nation, trumpets must be blasted and people must examine their ill deeds A call for teshuva.

Why? Why? Why?

Chaye Sarah: Towards the downfall of the savage

G-d will hear the nation of Israel]'s cries because of what Ishmael’s descendants do to them in the Land of Israel at the end of days..

Chaye Sarah: Towards the downfall of the savage

Prayer for the hostages at the Western Wall

Mother of hostage kidnapped from music rave by Hamas to light torch at Western Wall Plaza.

Prayer for the hostages at the Western Wall

Hashem has promised

Often we look upon Hashem as if He were a spare tire Most of the time we drive about,, not thinking about the spare tire until we need it.

Hashem has promised

Thousands of Orthodox Jews gather for prayer rally in Boro Park

Similar prayer rallies held in Monsey, New York, and Lakewood, New Jersey.

Thousands of Orthodox Jews gather for prayer rally in Boro Park

German officials attend prayer for Israel at Berlin synagogue

Chief Rabbi of Berlin lauds show of solidarity by German government officials at the main synagogue of Berlin.

German officials attend prayer for Israel at Berlin synagogue

Join World Mizrachi global prayers for Israel after massacre

Join an event of Tefillah, Updates, Chizuk, and Inspiration, and suggestions of what you can do to help.

Join World Mizrachi global prayers for Israel after massacre

'Don’t blow up prayers; some women prefer separation'

Opposition leader says 'you can't defeat hate with hate' after protestors disrupt Yom Kippur prayers in Tel Aviv.

'Don’t blow up prayers; some women prefer separation'

Scattering sparks, shattered vessels

We can reach a Yom Kippur even in our brokenness, as this is when we got the second tablets,a state of completeness within human existence.

Scattering sparks, shattered vessels

'One thing I ask of Hashem' - the one thing He asks of us

What could Hashem need of us?

'One thing I ask of Hashem' - the one thing He asks of us

The cantor's prayer

The moving cantor's prayer, the doubter's prayer. And the call to teshuva.

The cantor's prayer

Va'etchanan: What is greater,- prayer or good deeds?

One of G-d's greatest kindnesses to us is allowing us to pray. Prayer affects reality.

Va'etchanan: What is greater,- prayer or good deeds?

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): Live in the moment

The point is for our thoughts about G-d to take over our minds and lead us in directions we did not anticipate.

Behaalotcha (Diaspora): Live in the moment

A short prayer for Miriam

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: What determined the length of Moses’ prayers? Why did his own sister merit only a brief, one-line prayer?

A short prayer for Miriam

Who wrote the hymn Yigdal?

There is scholarly debate as to the author of this easy to learn hymn based on Maimonides 13 Principles of Faith.

Who wrote the hymn Yigdal?

Festive Hallel prayer outside Jerusalem Old City walls

Thousands join prayers with music and dancing.

Festive Hallel prayer outside Jerusalem Old City walls

The rare blessing that is recited once a year

The Blessing on the Trees is recited once a year during the Jewish month of Nisan, which began Thursday.

The rare blessing that is recited once a year

Thousands of Israeli police stop for moment of prayer

For first time in history, police and Border Police share prayer across Israel for safety of Jewish State.

Thousands of Israeli police stop for moment of prayer

Psalm 84: Prepare Yourself for Prayer

Israel's first Chief Rabbi: We cannot make the sudden switch from our mundane activities to earnest prayer without a mental effort.

Psalm 84: Prepare Yourself for Prayer

Laws of prayer: To stand or to sit?

In this article, we discuss the many parts of the tefilah of weekday Shacharis that follow Barchu – until the end of the weekday Shacharis.

Laws of prayer: To stand or to sit?

A time to daven and a time to look at the clock

Are we too concentrated on the when of praying to give enough attention to the why?

A time to daven and a time to look at the clock

Vayishlach: Jacob has nowhere to run

Jacob, who barely escapes from the treachery of Lavan, soon finds himself confronted by the deadly mob of his brother Esav.

Vayishlach: Jacob has nowhere to run

Mourning customs and rules

The website for Halakha information on mourning where you can learn about the rules and practices from the moment of passing until the year

Mourning customs and rules

Chayei Sarah: Isaac's afternoon meditation

Israel's 1st Chief Rabbi, iconic leader of Religious Zionism: "The soul is always praying. It constantly seeks to fly away to its Beloved.”

Chayei Sarah: Isaac's afternoon meditation

Rosh Hodesh Cheshvan Torah Essay

Prayer is our spiritual sustenance and rain is the source of our physical sustenance. Parshiyot Bereshith and Noach exemplify that.

Rosh Hodesh Cheshvan Torah Essay

Yom Kippur: The value of Life

Israel's first Chief Rabbi on a short Yom Kippur prayer that explains the meaning of our existence.

Yom Kippur: The value of Life

Insights into Yom Kippur

Resources to enrich your experience and that of your loved ones: Letters to the next generation, reflections on prayer, 10 Days 10 Ways,

Insights into Yom Kippur

You say it, but do you believe it?

Daily, we literally daven for vengeance on our enemies, ingathering of the Jews to Eretz Yisrael and for the Davidic dynasty. Do we mean it?

You say it, but do you believe it?

How to cry

"Even though the gates of prayer are locked, the (heavenly) gates of tears have not been locked..."said Rabbi Elazar in the Talmud.

How to cry

Orthodox group praises Supreme Court ruling on school prayer

American haredi umbrella group Agudath Israel lauds end of decades-old de facto ban on school prayers in Supreme Court ruling.

Orthodox group praises Supreme Court ruling on school prayer

Police appeal court ruling permitting 'Shema' on Temple Mount

Police say court erred in concluding saying Shema prayer, bowing on Temple Mount by Jews is not a disruption o the public order.

Police appeal court ruling permitting 'Shema' on Temple Mount

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor condemns police's anti-Jewish decision

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Arieh King attacked the intention of police not to allow Rabbi Eliyahu to hold a solemn prayer at Davidson Square.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor condemns police's anti-Jewish decision

Tzav: No negotiations

Judaism is always built for the long run and not for the short moments of seeming pleasure or current correctness.

Tzav: No negotiations

A vision softly creeping...

May we be worthy. “Purify our hearts to serve Thee in truth”

A vision softly creeping...

The great Jewish house that refuses to be knocked down

The enemies of the Jews live under the illusion that if they destroy Jewish places of worship they can destroy the Jewish People.

The great Jewish house that refuses to be knocked down

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

The wonders of G-d's world in a short, beautifully illustrated book that seems like a child's version of King David's praise in Psalm 104.

'WOW!' - A book for grandparents to read to grandchildren

The hidden Moshe Rabbeinu personality

In every generation, the holy Shechinah (Divine Presence) seeks out individuals who are like Moshe Rabbeinu,,

The hidden Moshe Rabbeinu personality

Did Peter the Apostle author the Nishmat prayer?

There is a medieval legend about the first part of the beautiful Sabbath prayer.

Did Peter the Apostle author the Nishmat prayer?

Prayers for the health of head of Har Hamor Yeshiva

The head of the Yeshiva has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment. The public is asked to pray for his recovery.

Prayers for the health of head of Har Hamor Yeshiva

On Sukkot, we dream under the stars

Tomorrow is today's dream. We pray that our intentions be worthy of creation, that our dreams be worthy of actualization.

On Sukkot, we dream under the stars

North American Jews to pray for return of soldiers' bodies

This High Holiday season, hundreds of synagogues deploy RZA/ Mizrachi America prayer for return of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

North American Jews to pray for return of soldiers' bodies

We haven't got a prayer

We are beseeching God to intervene and grant our soldiers victory, yet our own rules of military engagement subvert that prayer. Op-ed.

We haven't got a prayer

We in America just lost our honor in Afghanistan

Pray for the souls of the heroes killed in Kabul last week who embodied what America once stood for: Honor and devotion to country. Op-ed.

We in America just lost our honor in Afghanistan

It's not about me

Why don't we ask forgiveness for our personal sins on Rosh Hashana if it is the Day of Judgment?

It's not about me

A primer: Blessings over food, after food, and prayers

Every time a Jew eats, the blessings he recites both before and after infuse him with the centrality of the Land of Israel.

A primer: Blessings over food, after food, and prayers

Making meaning: Tisha B’Av and connecting to Zionism

When we challenge ourselves to be better people and reconnect with God, we also come closer to living peacefully with each other. Op-ed.

Making meaning: Tisha B’Av and connecting to Zionism

Giving thanks at the Kotel

Should there be a mass thanksgiving prayer of all those who survived corona?

Giving thanks at the Kotel

Church of England: Booklet 'not intended' to be Christian seder

Church of England sorry for prayer booklet that resembles Passover Haggadah.

Church of England: Booklet 'not intended' to be Christian seder

This Passover, a song of thanks

What do we need more these days than the protection and blessing of God, peace between us, peace with our neighbors, peace with our world?

This Passover, a song of thanks

Psalm 104: God's Messengers

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism. "In service to G-d, we can be both messengers and servants."

 Psalm 104: God's Messengers

Pray, then act - or act, then pray?

Before prayer can be effective – one must first show Hashem that one hears the message.

Pray, then act - or act, then pray?

The servant and the Minister

Thoughts from Israel's first Chief Rabbi and iconic leader of Religious Zionism: Should we serve G-d with our intellect or our heart?

The servant and the Minister

Women Of The Wall sue Western Wall Rabbi

Two representatives of the organization filed suit on account of a body search last Kislev.

Women Of The Wall sue Western Wall Rabbi

Watch: US House invocation ends with "Amen and Awomen"

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. ended his invocation in bizarre fashion by suggesting 'amen' is sexist.

Watch: US House invocation ends with "Amen and Awomen"

Rectify the Tefilla for Tzahal

When this prayer is being read, 'and in all they turn they should be successful', I quietly add 'only against our enemies.' Opinion

Rectify the Tefilla for Tzahal