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Pray! It’s good for YOU!

Thursday, 11 October, 2012 - 8:54 am

After the all the Jewish holidays, we jump right into a new year. A new year that brings with it a new opportunity to study the Torah, and is there a more exciting book then the book of Genesis the book of Bereishis. BTWwww.harfordjewish.com/torah awesome classes, begin this Wednesday Oct. 17!

What is so beautiful about studying the Torah day by day, is that each passage, each verse sheds new light on how we are to live a wholesome and full life! Today I read the following verse Chapter 2 Verse 5. “Now no tree of the field was yet on the earth, neither did any herb of the field yet grow, because the Lord G-d had not brought rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the soil.” Rashi (the foremost commentary on the Torah) quotes the Talmud “because there was no man to work the soil, and no one recognized the benefit of rain, but when man came and understood that they were essential to the world, he prayed for them, and they fell, and the trees and the herbs sprouted.”

The Talmud is teaching us two things.

  1. Prayer works! G-d created the earth and yet waited until Man came along in order to cause rain to fall. G-d was waiting for Man to pray, to teach us that Prayer works.
  2. Prayer is good for US. G-d could have made the rain fall before Man came along and furthermore G-d doesn’t need our prayer. Rather G-d wanted US to recognize where our blessing comes from, because it teaches us proper appreciation for the things we are blessed with in this life.

Lets Pray Together! Will we see you This Shabbos? 9:00am?

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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