The Kippah

Emanuel Kippa

The kippah, a small ritual cap used to partially cover the head, is a defining symbol of Jewish identity. Traditionally worn by male Jews, the covering of one’s head is meant to instill a perpetual awareness of an Omnipresent Creator. While observant Jewish men wear a kippah all day, even Jews who don’t will put […]

Ana Bekoach: The Mystical Prayer

Ana Bekoach

The Ana Bekoach is a mystical prayer written in the 1st century by the great Kabbalist, Rabbi Nehunia Ben Hakannah, (who was also the author of “The Bahir”, one of the most important of all classical kabbalah texts). A prayer for Israel’s redemption from exile, the Ana Bekoach is composed from a unique formula of […]

Shema Yisrael: A Declaration of Faith

Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad (“Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One”) (Deuteronomy 6:4) are the first words of the Jewish prayer known as the Shema Yisrael. The most famous of all Jewish sayings, no other prayer defines the essence of Judaism more than the Shema. It is the […]