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Why do we pray?

Why do we pray?

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Comments (19)

(19) The Herzlia Grade Six Class, June 23, 2011 12:29 PM

This is why.

The reason we pray is because if we believe there is someone out there trying to make your hopes come true, we want to believe it. The worse the situation, the more we think "I know there is someone listening." If G-d intended for us to pray for no reason, just for his pleasure, he wouldn't have let bad things happen in this world. We all depend on the fact that love and trust in Hashem is all it takes for miracles to come true. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. But the people who believe in him when they pray, as opposed to just hoping he's there, those are the people who get their miracle. Maybe not exactly what they asked for, but Hashem hears us all and gives us what he thinks we need and knows he can change.

(18) Anonymous, March 16, 2011 10:42 PM

its so sad and i really dont no y its put under jewlarious

I have a friend who has a sister sorta like that and i really admire her for not always being a pesamist about her sisters health

(17) Anonymous, November 13, 2010 7:53 PM

somtimes g-d says no!

(16) Bea, November 9, 2010 10:47 PM

To Anonymous (#21)

Your comments are very nice, but you are wrong on the point that prayer "was popularized immediately prior to and subsequent the destruction of the second temple when the Rabbis became ascendant and changed much of our religion." First of all: the Rabbis NEVER changed our religion! It always was the same. Some of the Talmud is just written down practices that were done before but never written, and others are things that were done to strengthen existing practices. Second: You may not know this, but a sacrifice without prayer is worthless. Everyone prayed before the formal writing down of a specific format. The only difference was that they didn't say the exact same words that are printed in our prayerbook. Those people were en tuned to the spiritual world so well that they knew exactly what to say and how to say it .

(15) Anonymous, November 7, 2010 11:51 PM

G_d always answers prayers.

the answer may not be the one you seek, but the one that G_d wants you to have. His will be done. Amen.

(14) Filo-Mei, November 5, 2010 12:24 AM

"to be closer to god"

to pray or not to pray, my understanding is; our every day life has been planned by the god we worship the only way to reach out to him is to pray with thanksgiving daily

(13) Anonymous, November 4, 2010 4:36 PM

I find #4's comment to be very disturbing, particularly when he refers to the Down's Syndrome woman as a retard. Just because some lack the mental capacities with which G-d blessed you does not mean that they are inferior to you and certainly does not give you the authority to designate them as such. Experience has taught me that people with that condition have a very different worldview. They are not distracted by all the trivialities that lead us astray and they are much more focused on what is truly important. They are more in sync with spirituality. What they don't have intellectually, thay make up for in many other areas. That's why she believed in G-d and her sister did not. Her sister was too angry and too disappointed. But this woman was not bogged down by that. They're truly beautiful people, and we could learn a lot from them if we stop looking down on them. We make a big mistake when we assume that people who are different from us are inferior to us. LEARN FROM EVERY PERSON,

(12) Anonymous, November 4, 2010 2:31 AM

Prayer is a difficult concept. Seperation of church and state is not.

There are no simple answers regarding why we pray. the Torah actually commands us to make sacrifices to get close to G-d. Prayer is a rabbinical concept that was popularized immediately prior to and subsequent the destruction of the second temple when the Rabbis became ascendant and changed much of our religion. However, there is no question that prayer is comfoting to us in times of need and has a useful function psychicly. So why not allow prayer in schools. The truth is that individual silent prayer that does not have a coercive effect on others is allowed in school. We all have prayed before that big test that we knew we didn't study enough for. However, when a school or a teacher mandates prayer or allows a group to use the publicly financed facility for prayer, that's coercive and is creating the establishment of religion by providing facilities for its practice. Religious people have their own facilities, not controlled by the state. The state shouldn't force a religious perspective, no matter how watered down, to be foisted on people using public facilities.

(11) Anonymous, November 3, 2010 3:00 PM

Simplification of the Complex

Bernie wrote about the holocaust: "They were lead off like sheep to be slaughtered." I understand this; however, within the context of today's world of speech, complex events written off with one liners is an over simplification that people are all too willing to accept as truth. Prayer is often taken that way. Like someone else wrote, that prayer is not "a vending machine where you put your two cents in and expect to get your prize." I do not pretend to understand all that is complex, but I do recognize a responsibility to not accept a blatant disregard for ideas I do not understand. If I did that, Torah would be nonexistent in my life. I pray. All the time. And as we all know, beware of what you pray for because you might just get it. Think about it. At least for a little while.

(10) Yideshe Mama, November 3, 2010 4:48 AM

We can pray and ask for anything we want but sometimes G-d says "No". We have to accept that answer too.

(9) Anonymous, November 2, 2010 10:25 PM

Taking No For an Answer

Powerful but disturbing . To turn HGod into a vending machine where you put your two cents in and expect to get your prize is a very childish view of prayer and the relationship one should strive to have with God.. We pray to God , but sometimes the answer to our prayers is "No", as hard as that might be to accept. God does what He deems is best for us, which is not necessarily what we might have wanted to happen. Sue might think she doesn't believe in God, but in truth her character is very angry at God, which is understandable. But her mistake was to cut off ties with Him. As long as you keep a dialogue open wtih HIm, you will feel His presence in your life. Without that, life is very lonely and very frightening.

(8) Anonymous, November 2, 2010 9:32 PM


(7) Anonymous, November 2, 2010 7:00 PM

Powerful :)

(6) bernie rosenberg, November 2, 2010 4:49 PM

i agree with the teacher. everything i ever prayed for was a was a waste! the holocaust is a perfect example. those people would have been better off preparing to listen and fight. they were lead off like sheep to be slaughtered.

(5) Joyce, November 2, 2010 3:54 PM

Sometimes the answer is "No"

I was reminded of an old M*A*S*H episode, where a soldier thought he was Jesus. He was asked if G0d answers prayers and he said "Yes. Sometimes the answer is no."

(4) Anonymous, November 2, 2010 3:51 PM

Typical Hollywood

It's so like Hollywood to have the wise woman with the good job show that there is no G-d while only the "retards" like her sister who have diminished mental capacity are the ones who "believe". Another good reason that most frum Jews don't watch these shows....

(3) Anonymous, November 2, 2010 7:12 AM

WOW !!!

WOW !!!

(2) chaim, November 1, 2010 6:00 PM

To me the main line was at the end..."G-D NEVER makes mistakes"! Wow! It's so true, yet so sad that we don't always think that. Thanks so much, you really just gave me a new sense of being!

(1) berakah, November 1, 2010 3:47 PM


Prayer to me is communication with the Almighty. Oftentimes it's conversational-he is Abba after all, and sometimes it's petitions, thanksgiving, praise, etc. It is a hard thing to pray, as the character in the film clip and not receive an answer, but as the book of Isaiah says, His ways are not our ways. That does not discourage me from continuing to pray. His ways are best and for our good, despite what we may see in the natural.


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