… I love getting feedback from Torah Minute readers.
One raised an issue with something I wrote about my “davening at the airport” experience.
I had said that I thought to myself, “let’s make this fast”.
Here’s what he said.
“When it comes to morning prayers, “do it quick” should never enter your mind.
This should be a time of peaceful and meaningful prayer…
But at least you took out the time…”
I thanked him for raising a very good point.
(So, in case you ever hesitated to express an opinion, don’t!)
… He is definitely right. Prayers should not be rushed.
But there are times, especially in our hectic lives, when time is very limited.
Here’s how I look at it.
Picture a woman whose husband is a very successful executive.
He can get away whenever he wants.
Lots of vacations. Lots of time together.
And that’s wonderful.
Then picture a husband who works very hard. Lots of pressure. And very long hours.
Very little time for vacations. Not that much time together.
(That’s why we need Shabbos!)
But there’s something he can give his wife that the first husband probably can’t.
“Hi honey. It’s crazy in the office. Deadline approaching. Boss is going crazy. Can’t talk.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you!”
There’s something special about that kind of phone call!
… That’s what I think about when my prayers have to be “accelerated.”
“G-d. This may not be my best prayer ever. I’m a little uncomfortable davening in the airport.
And we’re going to board any minute.
But I am thinking of You. And wanted to “connect.”
The man who sent me the message is right. When possible.
But when we can’t help it?
There’s something special about a “rushed prayer!
… A “bracha”, blessing over food in the middle of a busy day is also very meaningful.
Chanukah is not the best time for our diets!
But hopefully, we’re also eating plenty of fruits and vegetables!
Next time you “grab” a fruit? Try this.
“Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who creates fruit of the tree.”
(“Baruch atoh adonoy, elohaynu melech ha-olam, boray p’ri ha’aytz”)
Or next time you munch on some carrots or celery? Or any vegetable?
“Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who creates fruit of the ground.”
(“Baruch atoh adonoy, elohaynu melech ha-olam, boray p’ri ha-adamah”)
Synagogues are important. Formal payers are important.
But there’s something very special about…
“I’m thinking about You, G-d” in the middle of a hectic day!