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Why should I pray when I'm not motivated?

Rabbi Shlomo: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Dave: davening Dave: i have no interest or patience 2 daven Rabbi...

There are times when I don't have the heart to pray. How should I get inspired?

Only one aspect of prayer is your desire to pray. The other aspect of prayer is G-d's desire for your prayer. If you can't do it for yourself, do...

Why do chassidim wear a gartel (black sash/belt) when praying?

Have you never heard of a “black belt” in Judo-ism? Ok, seriously, the prophet Amos said: “Prepare to meet your G-d, of Israel! ”1...

Why pray in a Synagogue/Shul?

Rabbi Shlomo: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Gee: why do we daven in shuls? Wouldn_t it be the same if we had minyan...

I just recovered from a serious illness, how can I thank G-d?

There’s a special blessing which the Sages instituted to give thanks to G-d after surviving a dangerous ordeal. This blessing is called...

What is the "Hagomel" (thanksgiving) Blessing?

The Hagomel blessing (blessing of thanksgiving) is a blessing that the Sages instituted to recite after one survives a dangerous circumstance. As a Jew,...

Does a twelve year old girl have to pray?

For the technical-halachic answer, please see Is a woman obligated to pray thrice daily? I'd like, however, to share with you my non-technical thoughts on...

Is a woman obligated to pray thrice daily?

The Short Answer: Women have a general biblical obligation to pray but are not necessarily obligated in the three daily rabbinic...

What is "V'ten Tal Umatar Livracha"?

“And bestow dew and rain for blessing” This formal request for rain is inserted in the 9th blessing of the daily Amidah during the months...

What is "Mashiv Haruach Umorid Hageshem"?

"He causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall" Before the start of the silent Musaf Amidah on Shmini Atzeret, the beadle bangs on a table and...