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Finite Praise of God?

I am so grateful to God for all He has done for me. I try to verbally acknowledge this several times a day. But sometimes I feel that my words are inadequate. Any suggestions?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

You have touched upon a deep spiritual truth.

The Talmud tells about a rabbi who stood up and praised God very extensively, and then finally sat down. At which point the others turned to him and said, "Is that all? You praised God -- whose praise is infinite -- in a finite way!" In other words, one can never say enough about God!

Approximately 2,000 years ago, the Sages formulated a standard text of prayer and blessings. By following this text, we are "praising God" in a way considered a proper format, and not an "improper finite" praise. If you aren't already doing so, you could add the Amidah prayer three times daily, and blessings over food, etc. There are some essays covering these topics at: http://www.jewishpathways.com/daily-living

If you want to continue to praise God in your own words, I suggest adding something to the effect of, "But His praise is truly infinite."

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