Reflections on Ritual and Prayer

From the desk of our Ritual Director Gordon Goldman

 

  • MAKING OUR SENSES PART OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
    MAKING OUR SENSES PART OF OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE   While participating in prayer and observing mitzvot are important parts of our spiritual lives, they are “acts” that can be performed autonomously and unthinkingly. I use the word “acts” in quotations for a purpose. The potential problems is that while are act or perform it can to easily ...
  • acquiring greater meaning from our prayers
    Feeling and Meaning our Prayers   A couple of weeks ago Rabbi Greene commented (note: one must give his or her teachers credit) that often we go through our prayers but we don’t let our prayers go through us. I believe that his point was that while we (too) quickly mutter the various prayers for a given ...
  • Psalm 27 and the penitential season
    Psalm 27  For the Penitential Season   During the penitential season, from the first day of the month of Elul through Hoshana Rabba ( the last say of Sukkot before Shemini Ha’atzeret and Simchat Torah) it is customary to recite Psalm 27 at the end of the morning and evening services. To be honest, I am not ...
  • Introduction to this Page
    Introduction To My Ritual Blog Friends, I have been offered the opportunity as Ritual Director to share, from time to time, to share my thoughts on ritual or spiritual matters. I am flattered by the offer and  more than happy to take on the task. A caveat: I am not The Rabbi. I am not a rabbi. Most ...
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