Of Prayer in Solitude
How can one pray after sinning? In this poem, Dov Frank suggests seeking redemption in unexpected places.
The Role of Vulnerability in Jewish Life
In his first article for the Lehrhaus, Akiva Garner explores the phenomenon of vulnerability through both Jewish texts and modern psychology–and highlights its unrecognized significance in Jewish living and meaning.
From Polemic to Pandemic: The Past, Present, and Future of Hazarat...
Post-pandemic proposals to omit hazarat ha-shatz on a permanent basis have been soundly rejected by halakhic authorities. Is this due exclusively to halakhic considerations, or are additional factors at play? Yosie Levine contends that Ashkenazic rabbinic opposition to 19th-century attempts to eliminate hazarat ha-shatz may still be shaping halakhic discourse today.
Theologies of Prayer: Dov Singer and Arthur Green in “Conversation”
Steven Gotlib explores similarities between Rabbis Dov Singer and Arthur Green in their models of prayer and how this model can make prayer meaningful even when experiencing doubts in one’s faith.
Backyard Prayer (Covid-19)
Akiva Shapiro depicts the experience of outdoor prayers during the pandemic.
Psalm 121: Of Pilgrims, Perils, and a Personal God
Psalm 121, recited fervently in online prayer spaces and from the Senate floor alike since March, is subject to a seemingly mind-boggling array of interpretations. Michael Weiner blazes a path through the interpretive chaos.
The Loneliest Communal Prayer
As the tumultuous events of 2020 continue into the heady days of summer, the Lehrhaus is looking back, with short reflections on the moments we have been thinking about. Our first reflection is from new Lehrhaus editor Yosef Lindell, thinking about his lonely return to communal prayer.
The Nightly Cry, the Song of Torah
The call to learn Torah at night surprisingly comes from a verse in Lamentations. Yaakov Weinstein discusses what we can learn from this, and what it means for the practice of staying up on Shavuot.
Torat Hashem Heftzo: Finding Wonder in Torah Study
Rabbi Kenneth Brander, head of Ohr Torah Stone, explores what the daily blessing on Talmud Torah can teach us about how to foster religious continuity.
A Prayer for This Passover
How can we respond to a Seder during which it is prohibited to host guests? Yitzchak Etshalom and David Block each offer unique tefillot to be recited at our Seder table this year.
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