The Power of Prayer

These special days surrounding Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are a time of prayer for the welfare of the world. Judaism teaches that whatever mankind has utilized or invented for the attainment of physical power, nothing comes close to the power of prayer.
“These come with chariots, and these come with horses, and we will speak in the Name of the Lord our G-d.” (Psalms 20:8)
Ultimately the fate of each human being is in the hand of his Creator, and that even if an evil decree has been set forth, prayer is one of the elements that can nullify it. Indeed, that is the major message of the Yomim Noraim, the awesome High Holidays.
The Kabbalist and legalist Rabbi Yosef Karo speaks of the power of prayer:
“He who prays must keep in mind the meaning of the words that he pronounces with his lips, and consider himself as if he were in front of the Divine Presence. He must remove all disturbing thoughts until his mind and direction of thought are purely in prayer. He should consider that if he were in front of a flesh and blood kind he would arrange his words and methods of expression well so that he did not stumble. How much more so now that he is in front of the King of Kings, The Holy One, Blessed Be he, who examines all thoughts…..” (Shulchan Aruch Chaim:98:1)
May 5774 be a Shana Tova, a year of goodness, a year of successful prayers.

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