To be given the opportunity to do teshuvah is an enormous privilege. It is a joy to be able to say I am sorry. This is the ultimate expression of religious optimism. Judaism teaches man that there is no karma that traps him, and no original sin that stands in his way. Man is free to re-engage with God and his fellow man. Whatever obstacles there may be, all that is required is the will to change his ways and the effort to work hard at it.
Because we Jews have experienced, as no other nation has, what indifference can lead to, it is our duty, more than anybody else, to care about our fellow human beings and be an example for the rest of the world.
There is probably no greater curse in our world today than the curse of indifference. While we are surrounded by abundant beauty and have much to be thankful for, millions of innocent people live lives of war, hunger, displacement, and other disasters. Here is a prayer, in Hebrew and English, which I suggest we say in all our synagogues on Shabbat, when saying the prayer for the State of Israel and our soldiers, or when praying at home. It is not just a prayer to God; it is also meant as a reminder to us not to remain indifferent to the pain in our world and to what requires our care and serious attention.
For most of us it has become almost impossible to follow these texts without it becoming tedious. It may well be true that the earlier Sages had remarkable insight into the human soul and were able to compose words of prayer that could touch each human being in a unique way.
How does man dare to speak to God, the Master of the Universe? The presumption that man can just open his mouth and believe that God will listen to him is unrivaled impertinence. When someone wishes to get an audience with the Queen, much paperwork has to be done, many meetings are held by ministers and officials, and security issues are considered.
This list will be maintained for 3 months at a time. Please let us know if you would like names to remain for an extended period. Please pray for: Mordechai Avigdor ben Frumet (a close friend of Rabbi Cardozo) Malka Eva Rachel bat Tzipporah Yehuda Aryeh Pesach ben Shaindel (very dear friend of family Lopes Cardozo) Caroline […]
Lord of the Universe, I beg You To Redeem Israel, But If You Do Not
Lord of the Universe
We, the people of Israel who are dwelling in the Diaspora
come to you in humility
and pray for Your help
Few prayers are more perplexing than the one called “Ein Keloh-einu.” This famous song is chanted at the end of the morning prayers. But it makes little sense. In fact, it seems more than just odd. We first sing “Ein Keloh-einu” (There is nobody like our God), and then we ask “Mi-Keloh-einu” (Who is like […]
Lord of the Universe
We, the people of Israel who are dwelling in the Diaspora, come to you in humility and pray for Your help.
Once more, our soldiers are asked to defend our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land
against our enemies.