28th of Elul

28th of Elul: Tuesday, September 27th

On praying together….A congregant once said to me: “I’m a private person. One aspect of worship that’s always been a challenge for me is communal prayer, as it doesn’t come easily for me. HELP!”  Communal prayer can be very powerful for the individual and community. In fact, some of the more sacred prayers can be recited only where a quorum of ten, a minyan, is present. A folk etymology understands “community” has resonance with the words tzaddikim (“righteous”); beinonim (“average”); resha’im (“wicked”). It takes all sorts to make a Jewish community as it takes all sorts to make a world.

I believe we pray because we are stronger collectively when we share our hopes and our longings, and recognize that there is something beyond us that we call “God”, who makes possible our journeys.

What do you hope or long for in your community?

 

These daily Elul messages are the product of a cooperative venture by Rabbis Asher Knight (Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas), Bradley Levenberg (Temple Sinai, Atlanta, Georgia), Jason Nevarez (Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners, New York), and David N. Young (Temple Sinai, Miami, Florida).

 

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