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Thoughts and Prayers from Jerusalem

Shalom from Jerusalem!

The prayer leader is not told "Come and pray," rather "Come and offer - offer our sacrifice, do our needs, fight our war."

Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot 4, 4

Leadership is an important trait. As the Sages said elsewhere (Principles of the Fathers 2, 6) "where there are no men, strive to be a man." And leading in prayer is certainly one of those times. But comparing prayer to a war? Is that not a bit over the top?

Prayer leaders must understand that their assignment is no small matter. It is possible for an individual to breeze through their own prayers, and that might be proper, depending upon their own relationship with God.

But a prayer leader must recognize that he must represent not the lowest common denominator of his senders, but the highest standard of them. This can be as complex and difficult as the planning and execution of a military battle!

This metaphor goes further, as the ability to mediate between different people's needs and wants is the true sign of a leader. Sometimes the goal of a war is not to overcome the other side, but to make peace between all sides. Such is the sign of a capable prayer leader as well, bringing together all members of the congregation in harmony.

Finally, the Hebrew language points to a relationship between these three concepts: Sacrifice (KoRBan); Closeness (KaRoV [b and v are both ways to pronounce the Hebrew letter "bet/vet"]); and Battle (KRaV).

Today, visualize winning your war against your evil inclination, and come closer to your Lord.

Today's Prayer: Confession Vidui

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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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