Prayer

Chief Rabbi Mirvis announces additional prayer for the armed forces

By Naomi Firsht, November 4, 2014

The Prayer for the Royal Family will now include a prayer of protection for the armed forces.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis announced the addition to the centuries’ old prayer in time for centenary Remembrance Sunday services this weekend.

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Partnership minyans are not going away

By Dr Miri Freud-Kandel, February 23, 2014

Over the past few months, the term “partnership minyan” or PM, has increasingly been on people’s lips Though rather clunky, it refers to a relatively new concept on the Orthodox prayer scene in which women play a larger role in tefillah.

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You never forget how to put on tefillin

By David Robson, February 14, 2014

When it comes to religious practice I can’t make any great claims for myself, but a couple of weeks ago I actually did some religious practice – I practised putting on tefillin. It was around midnight, I was in my pyjamas and about to get into bed when I suddenly felt this was something I absolutely must do.

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Praying with a purpose

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 10, 2014

"What do you think will happen if you pray?” asked my friend. It was New Year’s Eve, and a left-wing, but religious, fellow journalist had just kindly wished me everything that I prayed for in 2014. In fact he had gone further. He had wished all his followers on social media all that they prayed for.

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Chief warns against women leading prayers

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned rabbis that partnership minyan services — where women can lead prayers — should not be allowed to take place in Orthodox synagogues.

In a message sent to leading rabbis and rebbetzins, Rabbi Mirvis said the services were “not something that can take place within our synagogues”.

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The holy hippy who got Arabs and Jews dancing

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, December 11, 2013

One of the most intriguing rabbinic characters of modern times was Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach; the charismatic outreach pioneer, storyteller, musician and hippy. His colourful career is the subject of a new biography by Natan Ophir.

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'Temple Mount is ours', says Israeli minister

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

An Israeli government minister has said that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.

Uri Ariel, who serves as Housing and Construction Minister for the right-wing Jewish Home party, said this morning during his visit to the site that: “The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and must be open for prayer at every hour to every Jew.”

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How kosher sutras can change the way we pray

By Marcus J Freed, July 21, 2013

Several years into becoming shomer Shabbat, Sabbath observant, I found Jewish practice to be profound but frustrating. I had been learning a basic yoga practice and it began unsettling my now-comfortable understanding of the Jewish milieu.

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Orthodox feminism must know its limits

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, June 23, 2013

JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is an organisation that was set up in order to encourage Orthodox women to be able to find more expression within the realm of Orthodoxy and traditional Judaism.

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How Orthodox women can be liberated in shul

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2013

It was a problem few synagogues face but most would be delighted to have. On Sunday so many people turned up for a Rosh Chodesh service in London that some had to be turned away.

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