And it’s not just for kings, priests, and prophets. We all want to connect. The Torah records Moses gathering a group of seventy elders from the people of Israel in the Tent of Meeting in order to commune with God. After they’re through, two men dare to remain in the tent to have their own private moment. They linger with the divine presence, which appears to them in the form of a cloud, and the spirit rests upon them. Shocked by their chutzpah, others rush to Moses and tattle on the two men for so blatantly breaking protocol and challenging his authority. But instead of feeling threatened, Moses boldly replies: “If only all of God’s people were prophets, that God would put His spirit upon them!” Translation? God is not reserved for the elite. Access to an authentically Jewish spiritual outlet is not meant to be restricted for the few. We all should be given equal opportunity to engage in heartfelt prayer that binds us to something greater. It is only with the full community, our tradition tells us, when our prayers have the power to rise upward and shatter the heavens. This is why Tefilah Transformed Initiative seeks to move synagogue leadership off the bima and into the pews, spread knowledge of the liturgy beyond rabbis and cantors and into the minds and hearts of everyone. It empowers others to own their own communal prayer experience, and teaches them how to make it rock. Prayer that is musical and compelling, decentralized and dynamic: not only is it Jewish, but it harkens back to the root of Jewish prayer and spiritual connection.