How I Learned The Art Of Prayer

Since I was a little kid, I’ve been trained in the art of prayer. I learned from a really young age that praying is what we do in any occasion. When the heart is full of gratitude, there is prayer. When the soul is full of pain, there is prayer. When it seems pointless to talk things […]

Seeking Out a Hidden God

Recently, as I daven (pray), there is something that continues to leap out at me. Each time I say a bracha (blessing), I think about the fact that it begins by addressing God in the second-person, Baruch ATAH (Blessed are YOU). As I utter those first two words I am speaking to God, rather than about Him, […]

Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, Who Taught Me The Secret to Holiness

Long ago, when I was a very young child, I came to know a teenage girl named Henny Lustig. From my deeply naive perspective, she seemed vibrant and alive in a way I had never before encountered. She was enthralled by the world around her and the people populating it. It wasn’t hard to get caught up […]

Should Jews Stand While Praying On Airplanes?

Dear Jew in the City, On a recent flight after dealing with hours of a cancelation, a reschedule and then a delay, I finally boarded the plane with numerous other exhausted passengers. I noticed quite a few fellow Orthodox Jews on this flight, the one closest to me was a twenty-something guy with a short […]

Moments of Hope During A Reign of Terror in Israel

There was a video going around yesterday – people warned me that it was gruesome – but I was en route to a speaking engagement and wasn’t really paying attention. Before I boarded the plane, I quickly checked Facebook and the video started playing on my feed. I saw a car ram into people. A […]

Who Will Live And Who Will Die? A Troubling High Holiday Prayer

Every Rosh Hashana we say the prayer Unsaneh Tokef : “On Rosh Hashanah we’ll be inscribed and on Yom Kippur we’ll be sealed – how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at his predestined time and who before his time; […]

Doesn’t Praying to God Interfere With Our Destiny?

Dear Jew in the city, I have been an avid reader of your website for a while now and always watch your videos. I am a huge fan! I have been slowly becoming more religious over time but one question has been troubling me. If we have free will, why do we pray to G-d […]

The Key Is to Be Content: The Answer to a Social Media Junkie’s Prayers

At the end of August, I was DONE with summer. Too much heat. Too much humidity. WAY too many mosquito bites.” I can’t wait for fall,” I thought to myself.” Crisp weather. Cozy sweaters. Huddling around the fireplace. Fall can’t come soon enough.” And then, just a few days later, the temperature dropped, my two youngest kids got […]

I Just Called to Say I Love You: Why Orthodox Jews Pray Every Day

One afternoon, about six years ago, when I called my husband at work, his secretary informed me that he hadn’t arrived that day. My heart pounded as my fingers instinctively dialed the numbers to his cell phone. When it went straight to voicemail, I was certain my worst nightmare had come true. An hour, and many morbid thoughts later, my husband called me like nothing […]

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