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Conversations With God - Ruchi Koval
When the heart is full of gratitude, there is prayer. When the soul is full of pain, there is prayer. When it seems there is no one to talk to or nothing to say, there is prayer. Jewish prayer gives wings to our emotions and words to our yearnings. It has the power to uplift, articulate, and clarify. Formal prayer is crucial. In addition, praying informally, personally, and often, can be a deeply rewarding exercise in spirituality and in our relationship with Hashem. In this meaningful, touching, and deep book, Ruchi Koval has explained and added personal connection to some of the most fundamental Jewish prayers, as well as created and adapted some new ones for contemporary Jewish women - all written for all Jewish women, whether ‘observant’, ‘just Jewish’, or just beginning to daven. A brief introduction precedes each prayer explaining when it is said and it's purpose. Each prayer includes the original Hebrew text, as well as transliteration, and a translation that brings out its essence. Following the prayer is a "takeaway" which makes the prayer personal and helps internalize its message. Tefillah is referred to as “service of the heart.” With this unique book, we can open our hearts to G-d, our families, and ourselves. About the Author: Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and director of the Jewish Family Experience, a family education center and Sunday school. She is a certified parenting coach, runs Torah-based character-development groups for women, and is a motivational speaker. Ruchi and her husband, Rabbi Sruly Koval, live in Cleveland, Ohio.