Revelations From Shacharit

April 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Just before I started my morning prayers, this morning, (we call them the Shacharit sha-ka-reet), I had a major insight.

You see, I used to be a DeeJay (announcer, record spinner, etc) when I was in my 20s. I always wondered if I had any listeners. My own little ego trip, I guess. I was assured I did when I would call on advertisers during the day and they would ask me to play certain songs and such. I’ll never forget when I walked into Tulia Auto and they said,”Man, you cracked us up this morning!”. I said,”Oh, how’s that?”. One of them said,”When you said, ‘wind warnings are in effect for only those lakes with water in them!” The Texas panhandle is notorious for lakes drying up.

One of the questions I have always had in my Halak (Walk) with HaShem is Prayer. Actually, it’s how to pray effectively. I know in Jakov it reads,

(Jas 5:16) Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, so that you are healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous one accomplishes much.

I interpret this to mean that if you are righteous, HaShem will hear your prayer and answer it, accordingly. It may not be the answer you want but rest assured, it will be the best for you.

I was always wondering,”Are my prayers being heard?”

Or, am I wasting my time? I know this borders on the heretical, but if we can’t ask questions then how are we going to know answers?

One of the things I love about the Jewish faith is the fact that prayers are pretty much written for you. Every Orthodox Jew has a book of prayers called a Siddur (order in Hebrew) that shows him what to pray and when to pray it.  We pray different things on different days of the week. For example, Shabbat (Saturday) prayers are a whole different ball game from weekday prayers. Today is an intermediate day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, therefore, I prayed but did not include Tahanun (repentance) or don tefillin.

You may say this is legalism or rote praying or some such. I love it because I don’t have to struggle with what to say. I just pray. And He hears me. Isn’t that the goal?

Entry filed under: Festival of Unleavened Bread, Judaism, Prayers.

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