Be sure to face toward the direction of Jerusalem, the spiritual focal point of the world, before beginning to recite the Amidah, the silent devotion prayer.

To better appreciate the power of Jewish prayer, read this thought from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message on this week’s Torah portion, Toledot. Out of respect for the Sabbath, please consider printing it out Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.