A mitzvah is an opportunity to act out your inner soul. A thought of Torah is an opportunity to hear it speaking. But when do you have an opportunity to experience that soul? When, other than at prayer?
To pray comes as naturally to the human being as breathing—where there is an openness to something greater, something beyond, naturally we cry out to it from within. Nevertheless, there is a ladder, a set of skills and techniques that can be learned. With knowledge, with practice and with persistence, we can all learn to excel at the art of dialogue between that breath of the divine within us and her Beloved Above.
This guide will work its way through:
- The basic assumptions of prayer; why we do it and what it achieves
- The structure and form in which they have been ordered
- The meanings of particular prayers
- Techniques for meditation and focus, for awakening the mind, heart and soul