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I am depressed because I didn't pray properly today...

This specific problem is precisely addressed by the Alter Rebbe (Tanya, end of Ch. 26).The fact that you are feeling bad and depressed about...

What is the proper pronunciation for the tetragrammaton (Y-H-V-H)?

The correct pronunciation of the tetragrammaton is unknown. It is only permitted to utter that name in the Holy Temple; since we do not have a Holy Temple...

Why is it important to pray in a synagogue?

It is actually vital for a Jew to attend the synagogue for prayers every day of the week. Our sages tell us that since the destruction of the Holy Temple...

What is the Priestly Blessing?

A. The traditional three-class division of the Jewish population—Kohanim, Levi’im and Yisraelim—is one of the few remnants of Temple-era...

What is Grace after Meals?

A. Hey, just ate something? Feelin’ good? Go ahead—say “Thank you!” to G-d for lubricating the ecosystem that got that stuff on...

What is Minchah?

A. Minchah is the daily afternoon tefillah, the second of the three recited daily. The Hebrew word Minchah stems from the word menuchah - rest, signifying...

What is a chazzan?

A. A chazzan (pronounced KHAH-zahn) is a cantor, the Jewish religious official of a shul who conducts the liturgical or musical part of the service and...

What is Maariv?

A. Maariv (pronounced MA-riv) is the daily night tefillah, the last of the three recited daily. The Hebrew word Maariv is derived from the word...

Why should I go to Synagogue where I don't feel spirituality?

Judaism is not designed merely to give us an experience. There is something much more powerful than that--transformation.The problem with experience is...

Why do we pray the same words every day?

The Sages formulated the prayers to evoke a love and awe of G-d. We each have our subjective reality and appreciation of spirituality. However, there are...