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Working with Distraction

Rabbi Natan Margalit interprets Hasidic wisdom on how to respond to distraction and unwanted thoughts during prayer.


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Spontaneous Blessing

Rabbi Lavey Derby recalls his encounter with M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, and the lesson he learned.


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Prayer, Transformation and Tikkun Olam

Can prayer transform us? Renowned Jewish thinker and scholar Rabbi Rachel Adler, PhD, explains the process. Focusing on self-change in our society is often self-centered. But prayer that touches transcendence, teaches Dr. Adler, can help us to feel the suffering of others without succumbing to despair.


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Identity, Community and Prayer

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove reflects on prayer as a constitutive part of his identity, and community as a constitutive part of prayer.


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Meditation, Yearning and Prayer

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, long time teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, discusses the dynamic relationship between meditation, yearning and prayer in her practice.


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Gratitude Practice

We all know the importance of gratitude, but do we practice it? Cantor Ellen Dreskin speaks about starting the day with modeh ani, “I am thankful” and creating a daily gratitude practice.


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Prayer and Loss

Many Jews do not believe that God personally decides who gets sick or when a loved one will pass away. Is prayer relevant for them when faced with pain and loss? Rabbi Laura Geller discusses prayer and healing for theological liberals.


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Asking for Stuff

Does it make sense to pray petitionary prayers, or pray at all, if you don’t believe in a God who “decides” to grant or deny your wishes? Dr. Jay Michaelson shares his approach, and places the question in the historical context of Jewish prayer.


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On Your Hearts

In this 90 second video, Rabbi David Wolpe considers the advantages of making prayer a regular practice, and shares the Kotzker rebbe's teaching on al levavecha, "on your hearts."


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Listen as You Speak

Rabbi Shawn Zevit explores the effects of listening to the prayers we pray.