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I know limited Hebrew, can I pray in English?

  

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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Cleo: I know limited Hebrew, does Hashem hear my prayers in English?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: yes He does, he understand all languages

Cleo: Excellent

Cleo: I'm studing Hebrew, but I'm no expert.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: it all takes time :-)

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: the great talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva could not read hebrew until he was 40 years old

Cleo: Wow! Thats an interesting fact. Would I be permited to Daven at Chabad (coming from Reform?)

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: absolutely - Chabad is open to all jews - reform, conservative, orthodox, non affiliated and any jew that moves

Cleo: I'm lacking ritualist observance and would like to learn more, I will conact the Rabbi at the Shul at XXX State today. :)

Cleo: Thank you for your patience with my limited knowledge

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: At xxx state university?

Cleo: Yes.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: do you go to school there?

Cleo: No but I live there

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: kewl... the Chabad rabbi there is a friend and former classmate of mine

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: you can tell him you met me on askmoses and I say hello :-)

Cleo: Excellent; I'm writing your name down now! :) Shalom! and Laila Tov!

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Chabad, an acronym for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, is the name of a Chassidic Group founded in the 1770s. Two of the most fundamental teachings of Chabad are the intellectual pursuit of understanding the divine and the willingness to help every Jew who has a spiritual or material need.
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