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17 pages of insights into the beauty and meaning of the prayers.
These Shabbat Gems are filled with new, inspiring material that explain and elucidate many of the prayers we say on Shabbat. They are intended to both entertain and educate the audience between prayers. They are rich with Jewish wisdom, wit and joy, and will help bring greater meaning to both committed Jews and casual congregants.
Below is a synopsis of the Gems.
Be A Little Messiah (p.204)
The humble Messiah Watcher has a special take on the world situation. Here you'll find out the Jewish response to Murphy's Law. Each of us is a miniature Messiah with a particular mission to fulfill. Will you be found in the place and at the time when you are needed?
Love Makes Space (p.205)
There is only one way for an individual to become capable of serving G-d... The Baal Shem Tov reveals the secret about how to get space for one more when there is absolutely no more room to be had.
A Wise Woman's Stone (p.206)
In this vignette, a hungry traveler gladly received what he asked for from a very wise woman. However, he soon realized that he had left the real treasure behind. Discover what is certainly the most valuable possession, it is something we can call our very own.
To Love G-d, Revisited (p.207)
In Judaism, love is not a mere feeling. Rabbi Shimon ben Shatach demonstrated that love of G-d is life-transforming... A law professor tells the moving account of one neighborly act of chesed, one act which changed his outlook on life...
On the Heart or In the Heart? (p.207)
Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk gives an inspiring lesson to those who struggle with devotion in prayer. His teaching is essential and uplifting.
Who Do You Work For? (p.213)
What was Moses' special strength, and why was he able to rejoice in his difficult mission despite constant aggravation and ingratitude? We find the answer in a story of a Shliach who visit the sick in the hospital and suffered as a result. But the memorable words of a doorman kept him going on his visits week after week in a state of joy.... A wife and mother who sacrifices for her family must remember this one thing. A man at work must remember this one thing. Find out what we must remember so that we too may serve G-d with joy.
Is Prayer Answered? (p.217and p.240)
The song “Unanswered Prayers” wonderfully illustrates that unanswered prayers are indeed answered but not necessarily do we perceive it at the time.
When Angels Lie (p.217 and p. 240)
We must be careful when we speak as we create angels with our words and deeds. A fantastic story will illustrate just how.
The Truth About Emet (p.223)
The three letters of truth span the Hebrew alphabet. They are expansive and life affirming. By way of contrast, the Hebrew letters of falsehood are all huddled together in a single corner of the alphabet. What does this configuration of letters teach us?
Your Unique Gift (p.231)
Each of us has a unique constellation of gifts and a radius of influence that is ours alone. By using our particular talents we can create a beautiful community.