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What does it mean to "love G-d with all your heart, soul and means"?

"And you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your means." - Deuteronomy 5:6 As with every...

Should I pray even if I think foreign thoughts during prayer?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Talia: Hi, i have an issue i would like to ask you about that i am too...

What is the procedure for the hand-washing preceding the Priestly Blessing?

• The Kohen is required to ritually wash and sanctify his hands before the Birchat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing). The al netilat yadayim blessing...

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There is a mistaken notion about the scope of our Jewish obligations. “I’ll ask a rabbi about Shabbat or Kashrut, but I don't tell the...

Why is a sick individual’s mother’s name always mentioned in prayer?

When praying for a person who is ill, his or her Hebrew name is mentioned along with his/her mother’s name. For example, “Avraham ben (the son...

When do the Kohanim administer the Priestly Blessing?

• In Jerusalem, the Birchat Kohanim rite is performed every morning. On days when the Musaf service is recited, the Birchat Kohanim is performed...

Which Kohanim should not participate in the Priestly Blessing?

• A crucial prerequisite to the Birkat Kohanim is mutual love and respect between the Kohanim and the congregation. In fact, the text of the...

Why should I listen to the blessing of such an ordinary Kohen?

The Kohen’s level of observance and piety are irrelevant. It is not he who is providing the blessing; he is merely serving as a conduit for...

The Wild Horse: Meditation and Prayer

The dualistic self is not a pleasant experience. While the higher self, the Nefesh Elokit, strives to grow, improve and adopt compassion as its norm, the...

Is there a prayer for wealth or prosperity?

One of the blessings in the Amidah is a request for success—namely monetary prosperity. So if you say the Amidah three times daily you are already...