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Why do we pray the same words every day?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus

  

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The Sages formulated the prayers to evoke a love and awe of G-d. We each have our subjective reality and appreciation of spirituality. However, there are objective universal emotions that must be evoked. In formulating the prayers hundreds of years ago, the Sages incorporated those passages that would pull the right strings in our souls.

If you feel you must speak to Him the way you feel, you can always add your own prayers, outside the set text. Again, this is because each person has his or her own subjective reality. If you pray without the text, you're limited to your own "box."

The world was created with the mystical powers of the Hebrew letters. Each letter contains a distinct energy; therefore, when you pray in the Hebrew language, you animate those energies
Now, as for the Hebrew-language prayers: you don't need to pray in Hebrew... but it helps.

The world was created with the mystical powers of the Hebrew letters. Each letter contains a distinct energy; therefore, when you pray in the Hebrew language, you animate those energies.

Your prayers will be answered if you pray in English, of course--there is just an added benefit in praying in the Holy Tongue in that each letter, aside from the general message of each word, contains spiritual energy.


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