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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

Leading 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 IDF 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: Prayer 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 file suit against Western Wall Rabbi Rabinovitch

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"player

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

Lockdown eased for Christians; prayer up to 100 people together

Coronavirus Cabinet approves special reliefs for Christian houses of worship. Synagogues on Yom Kippur had much stricter restrictions.

Lockdown eased for Christians; prayer up to 100 people together

Teaching our children to mean it

We want our children to fulfill God's commands with feeling. How can we help them achieve that?

Teaching our children to mean itplayer

For whom are we praying?

The way that Rivka and Yitzchak's prayers were answered teaches us that G-d has His own accounting when it comes to prayer.

For whom are we praying?

Psalm 26: Two levels of love

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi, the iconic leader of Religious Zionism: Love is bound to our self, but love of G-d transcends self.

Psalm 26: Two levels of love

How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

Rabbi Dessler: If they were allowed to remain alive, they would surely continue to transgress.

How could Abraham pray for the wicked people of Sodom?

World Organization of Orthodox Synagogues outlines plan for winter prayers

Even after synagogues reopen, it remains preferable to pray outdoors.

World Synagogue Organization outlines plan for winter prayers

Psalm 95: Bowing Before Our Maker

Israel's first Chief Rabbi and the iconic leader of Religious Zionism on controlling the soul's emotions.

Psalm 95: Bowing Before Our Maker

Not alone in Elul: Singles walk through history

As a single, you have prayed deeply for years. A trip to Shilo, where Chana prayed alone and was answered, has special meaning.Op-ed

Not alone in Elul: Singles walk through history

For Elul: Psalm 27- Tenacious prayer

Torah from Israel's first Chief Rabbi: The essence of prayer is incremental.

For Elul: Psalm 27- Tenacious prayer

Rejoicing before G-d

Rejoicing before God is done intellectually and existentially – through prayer and Torah study.

Rejoicing before G-d

Be silent and listen

The lockdown meant that we could listen to the poetry and passion of the prayers. And prayer is about listening, not just speaking.

Be silent and listen

Ki Tavo: How good is our portion

Philosopher Franz Rosenzweig describing the joyous praying in a hasidic synagogue in Warsaw: “I have never heard such praying.”

Ki Tavo: How good is our portion

Prayer to come to the Land of Israel

Ths may be the most important prayer you say in your life.

Prayer to come to the Land of Israel