Prayer- Who really needs it?
One consistent message appears throughout the stories of our forefathers and mothers: they needed prayer. Abraham prayed to spare the city of Sedom. Hagar seemed to cry to Hashem to spare her son Yishmael. And Chazal tell us that only through prayer were Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel able to conceive. Why did Hashem begin our story with these mothers?
I would like to suggest that Hashem was teaching us the secret of the Jewish existence. Forces of nature, assimilation, even enemies may work against us, yet the only way we survive is the way we were born: through prayer.
The job of today’s Jewish citizen is to learn, be active in society, and develop into a leader. However, one of the most powerful things a we can do is learn how to pray. Familiarity with the Siddur and the prayers service are essential, yet the desire to talk with G-d is the basic building block. May it be G-d’s will that we all open our hears to the beauty of prayer.
written and contributed by:
Rabbi Chaim Albert
The Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School
The Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School
The Juda and Maria Diener Elementary School|The Henrietta Scheck Middle School