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Judaism is a practice of constant awareness and gratitude.

We are told by the Rabbis that a Jew should say a minimum of 100 blessings a day! How could one person say that many prayers?

By looking around and seeing the everyday miracles.

There are two ways that prayer is viewed. One is keva which I would translate as 'routine' There are many people who dash through the words of the prayers without internalizing the content. They are fulfilling the word of the law but not, in my opinion, the intention or kavannah.

Abraham Joshua Heschel believed that we must not only express our needs, but create them, that God is not here to do what we wish, but to help us wish to do what God needs doing.

Our prayer is a way of coming to feel, as well as a way of expressing concerns. Inwardness and community are both crucial, but so is hearing the music of God's song and coming to experience God's love.

I saw this poster (see the bulletin) and it seemed so Jewish to me in kavannah.

I hope you enjoy its message and apply the awareness of it to your life


Rabbi Melody

 

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