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Shabbat shalom

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Rabbi Shimon said “When you pray, let not your prayer become routine, but let it be a sincere supplication for God’s mercy, as it says: ‘For He is gracious and merciful, endlessly patient, overflowing in love, and eager to forgive.’ And never condemn yourself as totally wicked.”
From “Chapters of the Fathers” in Gates of Prayer, Chaim Stern, ed. (New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1975), 20.

2 responses to “Shabbat shalom”

  1. Reblogged this on From guestwriters and commented:

    The Elohim asked us not to repeat endlessly words or prayer actions. He has given several examples of how we can pray and worship Him. For sure, He does not like it that we would pray to more than one person or god. He requires the full attention and honour, Him being the Bore, the Giver of life and Sustainer of everything. He appreciates it more when we are willing to come to Him with our own words and out of free will, loving to accept Him as the Only One True God.

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    • Indeed – if we think of prayer as conversation, and think about what we know about conversation from our experiences with our family members and friends – certainly the point about repetition and routine will become obvious. Also, needing to listen. Thanks for noticing. Best wishes to you.

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