Friday, 04 March 2011 15:44

silence is praise

art-siddur2Silence is not one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about the davening experience. Any given service is saturated with words, words that one must say to fulfill one’s obligation to pray before God. Still, I cannot help but be struck that the Talmud states that the sages took one hour to meditate before praying (B. B’rakhot 30b). We also know the amidah is closed with a moment of silence (see B.Megillah, Ch. 2). This means silence is an essential feature of preparation for, and conclusion of, prayer.

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Sunday, 23 January 2011 09:02

decide to encounter God

art-siddur4Decisiveness is a middah that really holds the amidah together. This shows up in a few particular ways.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010 10:14

lens of the amidah

art-siddur1There is a common question regarding prayer: If God is perfect, and I am imperfect, why would I need to pray for anything?

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