Jewish prayer is G‑d’s way of telling the Jewish people, “speak to Me and I will listen.” Three times a day, Jews pray to G‑d, thanking Him, praising Him, and beseeching Him for personal requests. Often conducted in synagogue, but also taking place in private homes, airports or offices, prayer is a time to step back and reflect. The prayer services contain the Shema, the Silent Prayer (Amidah), Torah reading and more. In a unique mix of communal ritual and private devotion, Jewish prayer is described by the sages as the quintessential “service of the heart.” More…