Today, I attended the CJE‘s annual Yom Iyun, where the theme was God. After the initial keynote address by Rabbi Kushner, a reform rabbi from San Francisco, the 400+ participants broke up into several groups for talks by other community leaders. I attended a talk by Rabbi Goldberger, of Tiferes Yisrael, about talking to God, and the way we communicate with Him. The audience included people from all sorts of Jewish backgrounds and denominations.
He opened up with three basic questions.
- Who can daven? Does it have to be someone special? Should it be someone who does the davening for you?
- Are there specific times that one should daven? Meaning, is it something that should only be done mornings, set times, etc.
- What should we daven about? Can we/should we only daven about the ‘important stuff’ like world peace or the health of the sick?
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