"Every spiritual path requires a foundation of practice. In Hebrew, this practice is called an avodah. Literally this word means work, which is apt since our practice often takes on the minute-to-minute difficulty of work. But it also means service, as in service of the heart, or prayer," writes Avram Davis. Judaism is often thought of as a path characterized by lively debate on scholarly texts. Davis presents another side of Judaism — its meditation and contemplation practices

A focus on the personal is one of the hallmarks of this tradition. The goal is "to open the heart, to unclog the channel between the infinite and the mortal." Davis contends that meditation brings awareness to all our actions, engenders blessings, and creates a space for joy in our lives. He writes cogently about setting up a spiritual practice and concludes that the quality of intimacy is at the heart of the mystical tradition of Jewish meditation.