LESSONS OF JUDAISM

 

Purpose of Prayer

A boy was thrashing around in a lake, calling for help. A man heard him and pulled him out of the water. He asked, How did you come to fall in the lake? The boy answered, I didnt come to fall in the lake, I came to fish.

 

People come to Shul for many different reasons. Some to pray, some to socialize, some out of guilt, etc. We are not individuals but individual parts of a whole. We are not in this world alone and we are not here for ourselves. We are here for a greater purpose. We do not pray just to say prayers or to be obedient. It is because we are parts of a whole. The source of all souls is known as the Shechina. The Shechina is G-ds presence in this world.

 

This world was specifically created to appear as existing separate from G-d. The whole purpose of prayer, mitzvoth, and study is to unite our portion of this world with G-d. That means uniting our individual soul as well as uniting the source of souls.

 

Some prayer books have two sentences that express the entire reason for the prayer. One is the foundation of prayer and is the first sentence prayed. I hereby take it upon myself to love my fellow man. Unity with G-d cannot happen if there is disunity among the souls of Israel. By committing myself to loving (not hating) my fellow Jew I remove a barrier that would prevent unity with G-d.

 

The second builds on that foundation. Beginning the Verses of Praise, For the sake of the union of the Holy One, blessed by He, with His Shechinah, to unite the Name yud-kay with vav-kay in a perfect union in the name of all Israel. We pray to unite the Shechina with the greatness of G-d above. Not just uniting your own soul with G-d but the whole Shechinah.

 

When we pray, we should have this purpose in mind. Not for our good, not to please others, not to fit in but, to unite our soul with G-d. To unite the source of all souls with G-d.

 
TOPICS

 

Growth

Equilibrium

Find a Good Teacher

Judaism, A Religion of New Beginnings

Knowledge and Wisdom

Never Give Up

Our Greatest Teacher

Progress

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Truth; Our Most Powerful Tool

Value of Routine

Relationship: To G-d

Dishonoring Torah

Feeling Close to G-d

G-d Wants the Heart

Incomplete Offering

Time Spent

Whole and Willing

 

 

Prayer

Answers to Prayer

G-d Will Answer Your Prayers

Most Effective Prayer Offered

Purpose of Prayer

Why Prayer Services Arent More Entertaining

Role of The Jewish People

(Purpose of Creation)

Eternal Life

Everything is Connected

G-ds Hidden Presence

Key to Success

My Part

Our Actions Change the World

Revealing the Concealed

Why the Animal Soul Controls the Body

 

 

Relationship: To Another Jew

Harbor No Enmity

Practicing Forgiveness

Spouses

Who Are your Victims?

The Souls Mission

Just Right

Leaving a Mark on the World

Perfect Family

Perspective

Repair Your Part

 

 

Relationship: To Community

Charity Given With Joy

Love Every Jew

Mitzvah of Giving Up

Single Entity

Special Role of the Baal Teshuvah

Unity From Acceptance

Whole Story

Trust and Faith

Choices

Choosing for a Purpose

Dont Put G-d in a Box

Faith

Stick With G-d

 

 

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