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I can’t seem to break away from bad ways.

September 6th, 2018 Posted by Ask the Rabbi 4 comments

Dear Rabbi and Susan,

Please, what can someone do to break away stubborn yokes of many years, that has defied fasting and prayers?

Kamaldeen R.

Dear Kamaldeen,

First of all, accept our admiration for being the rare person who evaluates himself morally and works upon himself for improvement in the eyes of our Heavenly judge.  The timing of your question is fortuitous. In just about two weeks millions of Jews around the world will  observe Yom Kippur, known in English as the Day of Atonement.  Yom Kippur  is celebrated with a 25 hour fast and the day is spent in prayer. Ten days of moral introspection lead up to  the climax of Yom Kippur, the day upon which we lock in our resolve to make meaningful changes in our life.

It is not a sad day, although some Jews, who have minimal knowledge of their faith, think that it is. It is a festive day. As you recognize, little makes one happier than being able to put bad traits and habits behind and move forward in a more positive direction.

However, the fasting and praying are not, in and of themselves, the whole picture. Yom Kippur is one day out of the year. The rest of the year, and especially in preparation for Yom Kippur, action is called for. (Prayer is admittedly one action that should be frequently utilized, but not an exclusive one.)

In Exodus 14:15, when the children of Israel call out in fear as they are trapped at the Red Sea, God tells Moses to tell them to get moving and directs Moses to be active. “What are you doing calling out to me?” He says. This isn’t the time for prayer, it is the time for action.

So it is for all of us. Breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones requires us to take practical, physical steps. We certainly can and should request God’s help, but He isn’t going to do the heavy lifting for us. That would impede our growth.

Whatever you are struggling with, make a concrete plan for tackling it. Often, the help of others is needed to make sure you are being realistic and to hold you accountable. Depending on what type of “stubborn yoke” you are battling, there may be those who will be needed to provide necessary advice and guidance.

We think you might find some support in our audio CD, Day for Atonement: Heavenly Gift of Spiritual Serenity. (We have placed it on sale) However, the bottom line is that prayer and fasting need to be buttressed with determination, action and a commitment to work hard and not be greatly discouraged by failure. You need to get moving!

We have faith that you can build a better future,

Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin

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Wonderful news!

July 16th, 2018 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

A few weeks ago, we asked you to pray for the infant grandson of dear friends of ours. We are thrilled to share that Lion Huch, son of Pastors Luke and Jennifer Huch and grandson of Pastors Larry and Tiz Huch has been discharged from the hospital and is cancer-free. Here is Pastor Luke’s announcement:

“INFANT LEUKEMIA SURVIVOR Baby Lion Update: Special announcement from Pastor @lukehuch! Thank you so much for your continued prayers! We have the victory!!! Lion is healed, Lion will live, and Lion will thrive! Repost and share with others so they can hear the good news!!!”

Please keep praying as Lion is scheduled for further treatment to ensure that the cancer doesn’t come back. This is truly a miracle and we are rejoicing.

Adding Our Prayers

June 5th, 2018 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Two people we admire tremendously, and are honored to call friends, are Pastors Larry and Tiz Huch. Their family is battling now for the health of their precious grandson, Lion. We are keeping Lion, his parents and his whole family in our prayers and ask you to do the same.

LION UPDATE:

First and foremost. We will be victorious.
There is no easy way to say this, but our 7 month old baby boy Lion, has been diagnosed with Leukemia. He will begin treatment today. This will be a 2 year treatment process. Though leukemia is seen amongst older children, it is an incredibly rare disease in infants. Only 150 infants a year total are diagnosed with leukemia who are under the age of 1 year old. As you could try to imagine, this news has shaken our world to the core but we have great faith. We are and will remain steadfast. Being that Lion is so young, treatment comes with challenges. So we are going to fight this. Lion is going to fight. Jennifer is going to fight. I am going to fight and we are going to beat this. We know we are not alone in this journey and battle. We know God is with us and so are all of you. Your positive thoughts, words, prayers, emails, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, text messages, phone calls, voice mails, prayer meetings, meals and support mean the world to us so please keep them coming. How or why something like this would happen to a baby boy as sweet as Lion is a complete mystery to us. He is our whole world. But we know, for certain, Lion is going to make a full recovery. He is as strong as they come and then some and God has a divine plan and destiny for his life and our family and we will fulfill it together. We will see this through, from the valley to our victory. Our hearts, minds and body’s are with our baby son. Our eyes are fixed on his healing and our hope rests in God. Lion will Live! He will do great through his treatment! Mommy, Daddy and Baby will be strong! Our family will be whole! Pray and speak only positive words! We love you all!
Luke, Jennifer, Lion.
#LionStrong #ValleyToVictory #PrayForLion

Is this prayer inappropriate?

March 28th, 2018 Posted by Ask the Rabbi 12 comments

Should we pray for things that are within our control or that we can accomplish ourselves (e.g. working harder, being more patient, or being more disciplined)?

Thank you.

Justin A.

Dear Justin,

Many years ago, a South African immigrant to America (Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s mother, to be specific) asked a friend to pick up some strawberry jelly for her at the store. When the friend delivered the requested jars of jelly, the immigrant was confused. She was actually asking for a Jello type dessert mix, but in America jelly means something quite different.

Among the words prone to misunderstanding, prayer ranks rather high. We are often exposed to the idea of praying to God as children, yet what exactly we are doing needs constant refinement and growing awareness as we mature.

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Pray For Your Life

June 14th, 2016 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

If you’ve acquired a new car recently, you probably drove it happily for a while without even cracking open the operating manual in the glovebox. After all, you know how to drive and most cars are fairly standard. You switch it from P to D, press on one pedal to go faster and press the other one to slow down. Maybe the first time you opened the manual was when it began to rain. Despite looking like you needed an advanced engineering degree, the index quickly took you to page 72 for which helped you master the seventeen different modes for clearing rain drops from your windshield. The option for automatic operation whenever it senses rain drops is very cool and made you smile. (more…)

Is praying in a group better than praying alone?

January 7th, 2016 Posted by Ask the Rabbi No Comment yet

Question:

What does the Bible say about group prayer?
Is it more powerful than individual prayer?

∼ Kenda S.

Answer:

Dear Kenda,

You are asking a question that may be particularly apt for our times when technology allows us to access other people without having to leave our homes. Many church services are accessible online and you can easily bring church to you rather than going to a building.

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Race to Judgment

December 2nd, 2015 Posted by Thought Tools No Comment yet

Some people find that praying comes naturally, but for me that was not true. I am not embarrassed about this; after all, I did not grow up naturally able to navigate a sailboat or cook an omelet. I had to be taught these things. But nobody taught me how to pray.

One thing I had been taught was that praying is not just another word for begging. When they say there are no atheists in fox holes the are not really talking of praying; they mean begging. And begging only corrodes the soul. Either the passerby carelessly drops a quarter into the outstretched hand or he ignores it and hurries on by. Either way, the beggar is demeaned. By contrast, true prayer is uplifting. (more…)

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