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A Moving Minyan on the Commute to Tel Aviv

Seeking a morning prayer service? Head to the rear car of the train.

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An Apple Watch App for Observant Jews

Hi-tech fix will alert users to prayer times and locate kosher food

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Obsessive. Compulsive. And Orthodox.

It took years for me to recognize my OCD, and even longer to keep it from interfering with my religious observance

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Don’t Pray for Me or My Unborn Children

I am having trouble having a baby—but I don’t want you to intercede, thank you very much

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Why I Stopped Saying the Unetaneh Tokef, and Why I’m Ready To Say It Again

After my mother died, I couldn’t recite the High Holiday prayer anymore—until I gained a new understanding of its words

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A Father’s Prayer for His Newborn Daughter—and for Himself

When our baby had heart surgery, my wife asked me to put on tefillin. I did, for the first time in years, but not the last.

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A Congregation Can Be Like a Family—for Better, and for Worse

I pray with angry, damaged, and difficult men. I stay because they’re like my brothers. And because sometimes they change.

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In Saudi Arabia, a Muslim Call to Prayer Inspires Jewish Prayer—in Private

I had to lie about my religion to enter the kingdom on business, but I would continue to daven every morning in secret

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Wearing My Father’s Tallit at the Western Wall for Me, and for My Daughter

An American explains why she’s flying halfway around the world to join Women of the Wall for their 25th anniversary Kotel prayer group

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How Praying Together Can Offer Hope—Even When Prayers Aren’t Answered

Every night, I took part in a prayer group to help a sick child and her family. But I’m the one who ended up transformed.

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Need a Reason to Repent? The Answer—No Matter Who You Are—Can Be Found Here

The poem ‘Unetaneh Tokef’ reminds us that we can change our own character, even if we cannot completely control our future

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An Atheist’s Synagogue Search

In a congregation that didn’t focus on God, I discovered the value of reciting prayers I don’t believe

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Praying for My Patients

As a doctor, I know there’s a power higher than me. That’s why I pray every day for the people I’m treating.

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Jew vs. Jew at the Western Wall

At the Western Wall, the latest incarnation of an ancient Jewish battle between tradition and modernity

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Our Waterlogged Prayers

As we endure a season of destructive storms and surging seas, why on earth would we pray for rain?

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Make Some Noise in Synagogue

Prayer shouldn’t be a spectator sport. So why do so many shuls insist that congregants sit in silence?

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Taking Off My Tefillin

I used to love putting on tefillin every day, but as I got older, I lost my faith. Now they sit on my shelf.

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Pay to Pray

From chanting at the Western Wall to saying Kaddish, several organizations offer to pray on your behalf, for a fee they claim to donate to charity. Is a farmed-out prayer as effective as a personal one?

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Family Plea

This coming Sunday marks Mother’s Day. Instead of flowers or treats, a writer offers up some decidedly unconventional prayer.

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Hitchens Welcomes Your Prayers

Though he won’t be joining you

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Lost in Goa

Part 2: Their passports confiscated while awaiting trial, the Israelis adjust to life in Goa

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Minyan Man

After starting his own prayer group, Elie Kaunfer is teaching others to do the same

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Prayer Unbound

A Wikipedia-style siddur is revolutionizing the world of prayerbooks

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Sundown: Jews Monkey, Horse Around

Plus prayers on a plane, old Amsterdam beats New Amsterdam, and more

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A Prayer for the Trying

Zev Chafets attempts to discover the way to pray

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Plane Song

Rabbis and kabbalists take a ‘prayer flight’ over Israel to stop swine flu

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Sundown: Snack Attack

Offending (and befriending) Christians, disputed vineyards, and a Baltimore blog

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On the Shekhina’s Wings

A new collection offers four centuries of women’s spiritual literature

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Prayer Revival

A poet brings a collection of 19th-century supplications back to life

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