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The Amidah Kedusha

If the Amidah has a ‘high point’ then it is the section referred to as ‘the kedushah’ or ‘holiness’. It is a responsive communal prayer. It is missed out in the silent version of the Amidah, and though there are varying custom...

Posted on 25 October 2018, By Daniel Oppenheimer
Spotlight on the Talmudic Sages: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

Not many rabbis have superpowers, but a major exception is Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Also known by his acronym, Rashbi, he was a second century rabbi living in the land of Israel during Roman occupation. According to the Babylonian Talmud ...

Posted on 16 October 2018, By Rabbi Roni Tabick
The Opening Blessings of the Amidah

The all-too familiar is very difficult to deal with. The old adage has it that ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. The Amidah is said three times daily (four times on Shabbat and festivals); its opening words are some of the most well-know...

Posted on 11 October 2018, By Andrew Levy