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It’s All Hebrew to Me

Thank-you for joining us for Lesson Three, “It’s All Hebrew to Me.”

In this lesson, we explained that developing a relationship with G‑d is like a ladder—there are many steps. As physical beings, we are wired to feel independent of and indifferent toward G‑d. Prayer helps us get past this perception, rung by rung.

The first step, we explained, is acknowledging G‑d’s existence, and all that comes along with it, despite not necessarily identifying with it. As we demonstrated, this is the meditation of the Modeh Ani prayer.

The next step is getting to know Him—discovering His greatness. This can be achieved through looking at the vastness and complexity of the world, as described in the Verses of Song, and perceiving the G‑d who is behind it all. This brings one to admiration of G‑d.

Probing deeper, we explained that everything in the world actually embodies G‑dly energy and thus plays a spiritual function. This theme is encapsulated in Psalm 148, which we meditated upon. Being mindful of this inspires us to seek meaning in all.

I look forward to next week, as we journey further into the prayer book and explore the Shema prayer and discover its meditation.

Good luck with the Exercise of the Week!

Rabbi Yitzchok Kahan

 

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