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Mirror mirror on the wall

Thursday, 8 August, 2019 - 9:16 am

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the greatest of them all

At times we think we are the greatest. One tends to think that because I am more knowledgeable in a specific subject, an "expert", it makes me most qualified to speak on the subject. For example, in prayer, the one who understands the meaning of the words, knows the Kabbalistic insights, his or her prayer would seem to be the ideal prayer. 

Is it truly so?

Maybe until the “expert” begins to consider themselves an expert. As soon as you think about yourself in this way, you no longer pray with the simplicity and deep connection of a person who comes to shul to just connect.

Speaking to a congregant, I asked: Why do you come to daven/pray? You don't read Hebrew (we can change that! See details in next week's email)? You don't understand the meaning of the words. What motivates you to pray with the congregation?

To which he responded; It’s an opportunity to connect with G-d, with the community, with my soul!

Whose prayer is "better", the more knowledgeable one or the connected congregant?

Chassidic thought says that it is the prayer of the connected congregant. Because the expert, as knowledgeable as he is, is self-focused, whereas the connected congregant is G-d focused.

What do you think?

Join us for services this Shabbos at 10:00 AM!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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