Reflections on Ritual and Prayer

From the desk of our Ritual Director Gordon Goldman

 

  •  CAN THERE BE JEWISHNESS AND SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT” GOD-CENTRICITY”
     CAN THERE BE JEWISHNESS AND SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT” GOD-CENTRICITY” (for DIH with love and respect)    The question arises “can I be spiritual and have a sense of connected Jewishness without stressing the primacy of God and a relationship with God? I have known proclaimed atheists who are still very spiritual people. I know secular, non-observant people who ...
  • OUR OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
    YOUR OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD To me, a big part of religious involvement is developing and understanding a relationship with God. I understand that this is not necessarily true of everyone. I understand that there are people who feel a connection to, and who observe religious tradition without a deep sense of connectedness to God or ...
  • WHO BENEFITS FROM MOURNERS’ KADDISH
     WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF MOURNERS’ KADDISH?    There are several different versions of the statement we know as Kaddish. There is the full Kaddish, an abbreviated one we call Hatzi Kaddish, a longer Kaddish d’Rabbanan we say after Torah study and a couple of others. The best-known version, to most of the Jewish community, is ...
  • MEETING GOD HALF-WAY
    PERSONAL RESPOSIBILITY      There is an old joke. An old man is shaking a fist at God. He says “Dear Lord, I’ve been a pious man all my life. I observe the mitzvot. I am ethical and kind in my dealings with my fellow man. I pray regularly in shul. I have only asked one thing ...
  • KABBALAT SHABBAT
    KABBALAT SHABBAT    One of the most beautiful moments in the week is the time, late Friday afternoon, when the work week is finally ending and Shabbat is about to begin. It is, for those of us who take Shabbat at all seriously, a special, spiritual mystical time. It is a moment when we can feel ...
  • THE BEAUTY OF HOME OBSERVANCE
    BRING IT HOME Enhancing spirituality and knowledge in the synagogue are, to me, important parts of growth as a Jew and as a human being.  Paying attention to my obligations to God in ritual behavior (prayer, using tallit and t’fillin, being part a minyan) are important, perhaps vital, to a full Jewish life. I say perhaps ...
  • APPLYING SPIRITUAL GROWTH TO LIVING ONE’S LIFE
    APPLYING SPIRITUAL GROWTH TO LIVING ONE’S LIFE LIFE Recently, a friend who had read most of my posts asked how my spirituality and my relationship to the prayers and the texts affects my day-to-day life. How does this change my life, my behavior, my relationship with the world? I have paraphrased his question a bit, but ...
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