What is Jewish Prayer?

It’s not Simon Says. It’s talking to God from the heart.

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Article 1 of 5 in the series Lori Palatnik on Prayer

Comments (10)

(7) Hinda, October 10, 2017 1:16 AM

Don't agree

As a frum Jewess I look forward to praying and talking to Hashem!

(6) Lisa, January 28, 2015 2:45 AM

Yes pray in any language....just pray!!

Being an FFB, I guess it meant that my teachers didn't have to explain the prayers....AND they actually graded us on our saying the prayers!! How absurd!! We should teach our kids that prayers do come from the heart & if Hebrew is too foreign; then by all means say the English words! That way there will be a deeper connection to talking to our GD! ( & we'll all get a passing grade!!!)

(5) Betty, January 8, 2015 5:08 PM

A Good Start

A definition of prayer I heard a long time ago is "Lifting your mind and heart to G-d." Everything is actually involved in prayer -- memory and will, also -- and it doesn't have to be formal and doesn't necessarily be in words. It can just be in attention to the G-d within you.

OriettaG Weinstein, January 9, 2015 2:41 PM

I like your simple and beautiful definition of Prayer Is talking TO GOD I do everyday and more I do I love HIM MORE.

(4) Anonymous, January 8, 2015 3:56 PM

Thank you so much for going back to your original format - captions and no background music. I very much look forward to your next segment on prayer.

Dvirah, January 8, 2015 9:33 PM


Yes, many thanks!

(3) Nancy, January 7, 2015 8:32 PM

Thank you Lori Palatnik!!

First, let me thank you for restoring the close captioning in your video. Second, I LOVED what you said about "playing" Simon Says in synagogue. For far too many years that was what I did as well. I never had a formal religious education as a child, and did not really comprehend much of what was going on at services. I still lose my place in the Siddur, but this time around two things are different. I have been studying Hebrew, and I don't put the pressure on myself to be perfect. After all, g-d is not giving me a pop quiz! He just wants me to communicate with him.

Yehoshua (Jason) Stone, January 9, 2015 3:44 PM

Learning to pray!

I applaud you for your improvement of your skills and knowledge on davening. I would suggest findind a mentor and a study partner to assist you in your progress. It is perfectly acceptable to pray in your native language. It is preferable to say as much in Hebrew as you can. Start by getting a basic understanding of the prayers text, then slowly learn one part of the prayers in Hebrew at a time. It can take years just to get the basics down, so be patient, take you time, and keep realistic expectations! Hatzlacha!

(2) Anonymous, January 7, 2015 3:00 PM

Amazing Lori

Lori firstly I would like congratulate you for all words you've been sayng, they're simply comforting, I'm in Brazil now (I'm a Brazilian Jew indeed) and I live pretty far from a Sinagogue thus time to time I try to listen to some words and acquaint myself about Israel and our people, this particular video about prayer is perfect, you described in few words our feelings about simply repeating from and thoughts from others instead of letting out our own and heart words...thank you so and very much.

(1) malka, January 7, 2015 4:21 AM

Thank you for the beautiful message. There are some good books out there like "Praying with Fire" by R' Kleinman, about how to pray with meaning. And the book "In Forest Fields" By R' Arush and R' Brody on personal prayer.


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