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December 27, 2012 2:01 AM
Thank and praise G-d for the SMALL things
one shabbos, i was cutting up a yellow pepper when one of my special shabbos guests turned and said, "do you see the beautiful color of that pepper? it looks like it belongs in a display case, not a salad!" later she said, "look how beautiful these beets are! what a gorgeous color!" She taught me a valuable leasson. We have to thank G-d for the small, consistent gifts in life. this way, when we are going through something hard, we can think about all the kindnesses Hashem does for us every day. What a great practice it would be to take a minute a day and just think of something we are grateful to G-d for.
December 19, 2012 8:02 AM
purpose of priase
Praise acknowledges for us the greatness of G-d and all He does for us daily. But it also reminds us that we are created in His image. Via praise, we connect to the Divine and focus our lives and actions. Obviously we cannot be G-d, but we can try and mimic His actions. To do this, we must know and acknowledge what they are.
December 18, 2012 8:32 PM
I was wondering for quite a long time why we praise God so much in our prayers and I am happy to have gotten an answer.
December 18, 2012 8:27 PM
Praise Reminds Me to Be Grateful
Thank you Lori.
Recently I have found myself lacking in joy. When I remember to praise my Creator my gratitude returns. When my gratitude returns so does my joy. We are so blessed and praising and blessing the Giver of those blessings allows me to see that because of His love for me, He is always with me. With that realization, I just want to praise Him more. Even praise is a gift. Thank You, my King, for the gift of praise.
December 18, 2012 4:10 PM
Don't buy the praise God thing.
Not only do we Praise, but we Bless. I ALWAYS know to whom I am talking, and I know my Jewishness. Perhaps this is a relic from the ancient days when you had to be on the good side of the gods to protect you from natural disasters and enemies. I always wondered why so much praise and blessings so much of the time.
December 18, 2012 2:50 AM
David the sweet singer of Israel said
" I've never seen the righteous forsaken, Or their seed begging for bread. "
December 17, 2012 12:00 PM
One question of G*d
What was with the duckbill platypus? Is it proof of your divine humor? If we are in G*ds image he must then have a sense of humor? Does He who creates us all have a sense of humor?
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