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Two Rabbis Reimagine Prayer

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Experiencing meaningful prayer can be challenging at the best of times.  In addition, the pandemic has limited the avenues for meaningful prayer precisely at the moment when our need for spiritual nourishment and anchoring has...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Credit: Hans Pennink/Shutterstock.

Federal court rules against Cuomo’s limitations on capacity at houses of worship

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Brooklyn’s District Court ruled on Tuesday against an executive order by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo enforcing capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with high COVID-19 cases. The advocacy organization Agudath Israel and...
Jewish prayer. Credit: Pixabay.

OU, Rabbinical Council join call for day of prayer amid ongoing pandemic

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout the world and within Jewish communities—and especially in light of the new virus variants discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa—public-health guidance dictates continued mask-wearing...
Reciting commemorative prayers from the Hebrew Bible. Credit: kaddishinitiative.com.

Mass prayers to be held for Jews buried in Arab countries

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Diaspora and Israeli organizations and communities representing millions of Jews around the world will participate on Saturday in a mass Kaddish (Mourners’ Prayer) and say a specially designed azkara (Memorial Prayer) for Jews buried in inaccessible...
A group of Jewish leaders representing the Jewish community of Judea and Samaria participate in a prayer session for U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the presidential election, Nov. 2, 2020. Credit: Hebron Hills Regional Council Spokesperson.

Judea, Samaria Jewish leaders in Hebron pray for Trump

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A group of political leaders representing the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria gathered in Hebron on Monday morning outside the Cave of the Patriarchs for a prayer session wishing U.S. President Donald Trump...

Jewish Democratic Council releases Kaddish ad, blasting Trump’s response to COVID-19

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The political action committee of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, JDCA PAC, released an ad on Tuesday featuring the Jewish mourner’s Kaddish in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial actions and video...
At-home booklet for use during Sukkot. Credit: Chabad.org/News.

Sukkot guide to help those at home celebrate holiday

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Along with spending time in the sukkah and waving the “Four Species” or “Four Kinds” (etrog, lulav, arava and hadass) a central observance of the holiday of Sukkot is holding festive evening-time celebrations. Known as Simchat Beit Hashoeva, they harken back to the...
Nachmanides, the Rambam. Credit: Courtesy (National Library of Israel).

Recently unearthed Ramban prayer online and in English for first time

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In time for the High Holidays, a recently unearthed poetic prayer attributed to the famous 13th-century rabbi known as the Ramban (Nachmanides) has been translated into English for the first time, and is now...
An Israeli police officer outside of a synagogue in Jerusalem as the government imposes coronavirus restrictions, April 5, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Rosh Hashanah prayers during lockdown: A guide for perplexed Israelis

Synagogues across Israel were busy on Wednesday making preparations for Rosh Hashanah prayer services under the shadow of coronavirus and public-health restrictions. The Health Ministry has issued clarifications for its regulations on holiday prayer, with...
A view of the Central Synagogue in New York City. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Synagogues grapple with putting changes in place for High Holiday services

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As fall arrives and the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, prayers are very much needed, say rabbis across the Jewish spectrum, even if individuals and families cannot make it to...