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Shehechiyanu: A Meditation on this Moment

The Shehechiyanu blessing is said whenever we realize the miracle of the present moment. Traditionally, it is recited when we do something for the first…

Maariv Aravim: Bringing Awareness to Change

On a day-to-day basis, we don’t see always see the gradual changes in our lives. Just think about what happens when you look at pictures…

Asher Yatzar: Gratitude for the Rhythm of Life

I first encountered the Asher Yatzar blessing, the Jewish “bathroom prayer,” in kindergarten as my day school classmates and I droned the morning prayers. The…

Fleeing Yizkor

When I was a newly ordained rabbi working to start a new synagogue, I — along with a small cadre of committed volunteers — decided to…

The Shema: How Listening Leads to Oneness

Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. These words, commonly known as the Shema, are…

Modeh Ani: Beginning the Day with Gratitude

I gratefully acknowledge Your Face; Spirit lives and endures; You return my soul to me with compassion; How great is your faith in me! מוֹדֶה…