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Thoughts and Prayers from Jerusalem

Shalom from Jerusalem!

A person should pray in a place that is designated for prayer.

Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot 5, 1

Coming from the Jerusalem Talmud, it is not hard to guess what the Sages would say is the optimal designated place for prayer. The city that is well known as Talpiyot, alluded to in Solomon's Song of Songs as the point through which all prayers ascend to Heaven, is surely the best place to pray from every day. However, this directive of the Sages needs further explanation. Why must prayer, such an individual, private act, be restricted to a single place?

It is important to note that this maxim does not say that a person should pray in a place that he or she designated for prayer, but rather a place that IS designated. In other words, such a place has been earmarked by others as a place for prayer - in short, a house of prayer.

This saying therefore joins the many that encourage people to join their community and pray in a space reserved for communal prayer.

Finding your own unique voice in your prayer to God is indispensable, but it is imperative to find your place in the symphony of community prayer. God wants all of His children to get along, and the first and best opportunity to practice that is in a House dedicated to His Worship.

Today, walk a few extra steps, and pray in your community's house of prayer.

Today's Prayer: Collected Verses Tachanun

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Thoughts about Prayer from Jerusalem

Prayer is the foundation of the relationship between God and His children, and its primary vehicle. Sages of old have created a wealth of wisdom based on the Bible, giving people in all generations the opportunity to contemplate on these thoughts to help them focus in their relationships with the One Above.

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God's Temple and the Patriarchs | God's Love is a Two Way Street | Set A Space For Prayer | Set A Time For Prayer | Follow God's Lead - Pray | Be A Hero - Pray Regularly | Be A Good Neighbor - Pray | God Loves Communal Prayer | Pray From Center Stage, Not From The Sidelines | Pray with Friends and Family | Pray to the Heights from the Depths | Pray For Your Friend | Pray First! | Compassion and Prayer | Parents and Prayer | Pray for an Enjoyable Livelihood | Recognize God's Blessing in Everything | Make Room for Goodness | Do Right for the Right Reasons | Pray For Light and Happiness | Overcoming Human Nature | Humility Leads The Way | Ask God for Help with Proper Speech | Prayer Without Intent Is Better Than Not Praying At All | Pray With Your All | Pray With Intent, And Your Prayer Will Carry You | Pray About Problems, And Trust In The Future | Pray for a Successful Journey | Focus on the What, the How, and Especially the Where of Prayer | Stand Up For Your [Prayer] Rights | Pray With Intent | Quantity Time Leads to Quality Prayer | Find Favor in the Eyes of God and Man (Proverbs 3) | Happiness is Serious Business | Learn from the Experts | Hear Your Own Prayer, and God Will Too | Praise The Lord and Pass The Adoration | Prayer, a Rite for all Seasons | The Holy Temple is Our Heart's Desire | If At First You Don't Succeed, Pray, Pray Again | Take Your Time, And The Answer Will Follow | Be Strong and of Good Courage (Joshua 1) | The Long And The Short Of It | Pray For Your Neighbor As Yourself | No Runs, No Hits, No Errors | What's Done Is Done | Have the Time of your Life | We Were As Dreamers (Psalms 126) | Clear Your Thoughts and Empty Your Hands | You're Going To Reap What You Pray | Focus On The Positive | Clarify Your Intent-ions | Pray From The Heart | Pray Long, Pray Hard, Pray Sure | Lead The Way in Prayer | Jerusalem and Prayer, The Dynamic Duo | Group Prayer - You'll Never Walk Alone | A Time and A Place for Everything | Tear Down the Walls and Open the Gates | Look Around You, Look and Listen | Cut To The Chase | Prayer and Good Deeds, Like a Hand in a Glove | Prayer and Torah, the Two Way Street |

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