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Trust G-d and in His World

  |   Judaism

Judaism - Our Path

  1. DAILY MEDITATION – PRAYER

We must learn to spiritually enrich our life which is so restless and absorbed by this long struggle for existence. It is imperative that we take some time to dedicate to ourselves to contemplating the purpose of our being.
As we start to pray, it usually begins as a personal conversation with G-d. Then, gradually, we begin to discover how useful our traditional prayers can be and how each one of us can make sense of the traditional Jewish prayer in light of our own circumstances. It is important to transform our mere wander into an existence filled with purpose. Prayer can help us do just that.

  1. SANCTIFICATION AND CELEBRATION OF SHABBAT, YOM TOV AND EVENTS WITH FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

The festive hours in our homes and within our communities give us joy, courage and foster friendships which are the foundations of our faith. This is a way to receive the Presence of G-d in our midst, the Shechinah. Through the sanctification of Shabbat and holy days, we give meaning to our lives and we contribute to the continuation of Judaism and Jewish values in the world.

  1. STUDY

The understanding of the Divine Plan and of the universe is the source from which we draw enlightenment and knowledge. Through study there is an open access to the perception of the magnificent, the infinite that operates without cease in the life of men, of nations and in the universe. In the writings of our people we find many answers to questions that mankind have been struggling with throughout times. Study will lead us to ever deeper understanding of the world and of ourselves.

  1. SYNAGOGUE

The synagogue is the place that is especially intended to prayer, celebrations and studies. The feeling of communion with our brothers and sisters increases and strengthens our confidence. The remembrance of our deceased loved ones and our joining in the tradition give us the awareness of our responsibility and our place in the eternal sequence of generations. Whilst visiting this special sacred place, we recognize that, in truth, the world is full of G-d’s miracles.

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Annette Boeckler
Dr. Annette Mirjam Böckler is a professor of Jewish and Biblical liturgy at Leo Baeck University in London, where she is also a librarian. Writer and translator in Jewish matters (being the translator of the Seder HaTefillot-the first liberal prayer book after the Shoah in Germany), has developed the translation of the German edition of the comments of the Torah from W. Gunther Plaut.