Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday Kavvanah, 6/14/2011 - The Goals of Tefillah

What are the goals of tefillah / prayer? Why do we set aside time to recite ancient Hebrew liturgical formulas?

Here are some possible answers:

- to connect with oneself
- to connect with the others around us
- to identify with fellow Jews, our history and tradition
- to be comforted in the context of a loss
- to fulfill our obligation to daily prayer

For me, the goal is connection, and I find that I cannot do this properly if I do not set aside special time for it; 40 minutes in the morning pays off over the rest of the day.

But your answer is within you.

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