Our books contain many different supplications.

Thanksgiving, for joyous events. Blessings, for ourselves and those around us. Celebrations of joy, for the holy days. Prayers for recovery, and good health. Verses of wanting and needing; recited in hard times, begging for something. The words vary. The context varies. But the beauty remains the same. Poignancy and joy are summarised in fleeting Hebrew words, and expanded upon in others. There's a prayer for every occasion, for every reason, for every possible hardship and happiness.

Which is your favourite prayer? Your favourite chapter of Tehillim? The most meaningful part of the Siddur?

 

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Published by Lily Smythe