It Begins with Thanks

Parashat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1–24:18 I thank You, living and eternal King, for giving me back my soul in mercy. Great is Your faithfulness. Modeh Ani prayer from the Koren Siddur   Have you ever given someone a gift and been disappointed when they didn’t say “thank you”? The gift was a gift, no strings attached,… Continue reading It Begins with Thanks

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Doing the Shema

Judaism doesn’t put the same kind of emphasis on creeds or statements of faith that Christianity does. A true-blue conservative Christian worries first about what you believe and whether it’s orthodox. Only after he settles that, does he get around to what kind of person you are. Jews tend to consider whether or not you’re… Continue reading Doing the Shema