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Thoughts and Prayers from Jerusalem

Shalom from Jerusalem!

"Built up to Talpiyot" (Song of Songs 4, 4) A hill (tel in Hebrew) that all mouths (piyot in Hebrew) pray towards, in prayer, blessings, and declaration of faith (Kriyat Shema).

Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot 4, 8

This picturesque phrase in Solomon's love song sings the praises of Israel, whose love for God is as complete and towering as the high Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiyot, which today looks over the Temple Mount. As the Holy City Prayer Society, the answer to this question must be 100% clear: What is the connection between Jerusalem and prayer?

Prayer is spiritual, perhaps more spiritual than any other idea imaginable. On the other hand, a city, with all of its real-life aspects: parking spaces, trash collection, municipal taxes, may be one of the most physical things in the world.

God wants to bring the point home that He created and continues to be in charge of everything in the universe, both spiritual and physical. There is nothing, nowhere, that is outside God's purview.

God created the beautiful city of Jerusalem to remind us that the spiritual world and the physical world are connected. It is up to each and every one of us to search for that connection and to cultivate it.

This is why the name of Jerusalem "Talpiyot" was chosen for this maxim. The Hebrew word for prayers - Tefilot - and the word Talpiyot are an anagram! The same letters in a different order. This means that they are virtually one and the same!

Today, infuse something physical in your life with spirituality.

Today's Prayer: The Thirteen Attributes of God (Exodus 34, Psalms 80, 6)

What is more holy than prayer and Jerusalem? Join the Holy City Prayer Society and cherish both!

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.

Select a Thought below, or subscribe to our newsletter, Thoughts and Prayers from Jerusalem, to get them in your inbox!

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 |

If you are inspired by these thoughts, we encourage you to join like-minded people of faith worldwide as members of the Holy City Prayer Society. Join today!

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