Elul Day 25: What do Jews Pray For?

A non-Jewish friend once asked me, Harold, what do Jews pray for? I answered, Jewish prayer is less a matter of praying for, and more a matter of praying with and praying to. As the theologian Martin Buber put it, when we pray, we don’t ask God for anything. We ask God for God. We invite God into our lives, so that the actions we take will be guided by a sense of God’s presence.” Many of us will gather for Rosh Hashanah in just a few days. May we remember these words when we open the Machzor… and hopefully find God waiting for us to finish the sentence.

Elul Day 26: Theological Ropes

Elul Day 24: Questions on the Day