When We Pray, We Are Talking to God

By Deborah Kram

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, June 2011

The author reflects on the phrase "Tefilah b'li kavanah, k'guf b'li neshamah," prayer without intention is as a body without a soul. She describes how she has embraced Torah study with unbounded enthusiasm, embracing the associated joys and challenges of wrestling with the text. She states that the classic dialectic of placing one's humble human self in intimate conversation with majestic God has led her not to complete discouragement or abandonment, but to a continual struggle to engage fully.

Topic: Faith, Prayer, Belief, Jewish Text

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.681

Page Number(s): 2-3

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kram, Deborah. When We Pray, We Are Talking to God. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. June 2011: 2-3. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11708


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