Beginning a New Day


Hebrew Word of the Day
Theme: Conversational Phrases, Meet and Greet
Ani Rotzeh Shetifgeshi Et Ba'ali — I'd like you to meet my husband.

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"'Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean. The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.'" — Leviticus 6:11–12


Prayer in Judaism is defined as "the work of the heart," which profoundly changes the nature of prayer from one of entreating God to an act that transforms who we are – not what God does. Our devotions are focused on different facets of prayer and what lessons we can learn about the power of our prayers. Allow us to take your prayers to the holiest site in all Judaism, the Western Wall. Submit your prayer request today.

If you are like most of us, chances are no two mornings are the same. Some mornings we are eager to jump out of bed, ready to conquer the world. Other times we long for another five minutes – or five hours – under the comforting safety of the blankets on our beds. However, no matter what the weather is outside or how we might be feeling on the inside, every morning is a chance to set the course for the day. Experts offer this advice: No matter how you feel – Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up!

In our verses today, we learn about the daily service of the priests. While today our service takes on different forms, we can still learn from the laws and statutes regarding service during biblical times. For example, how the priests began each day in the Tabernacle, and later the Temple, serves as a paradigm for how we should begin every day of our lives in service to God.

Each new day should begin with a reference to the day before. All night long, the burnt offerings were left burning on the altar. So the first order of service was to clear away the ashes from the previous day, making room for the new day. Similarly, we also need to start each day by removing the remnants from yesterday that no longer serve us. Yesterday may have been a bad day. Maybe we lost our temper, maybe someone else lashed out at us. But, today that is all in the past. Today is a new day with new possibilities, and we need to focus on letting go of the past and moving forward.

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Prayer - Work of the Heart

Prayer - Work of the Heart

Discover the Jewish perspective on prayer in this complimentary issue of our Bible study series Limmud, Prayer - Work of the Heart.
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