Monday, July 23, 2012

The Worst Kind of Prayer

The prophet Isaiah said it best, in his rebuke to the Jews:

The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?” says the Lord... “When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me ... I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen.

Reading this passage I wonder if not praying is better than these types of offerings?  Pushing people to shul or to daven is not our goal - let's remain strident and focused to create a dynamic movement to daven!

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