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The Ladder

The Ladder

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It took me a while to settle on using the ladder/prayer imagery for this week. I kept on fighting it because… well, honestly, I’m not very good at praying. But eventually time ran out and the ladder was the best shot I had. So I decided to animate what I think my struggle with prayer is.

The siddur is a pretty big book, considering how much of it we’re expected to recite every single day. It can be daunting, and thus, I’m often tempted to do the best I can, but basically just do a running jump straight to the top of the ladder. But since prayer is a process through which we move closer and closer to G‑d, just Jumping to the top won’t do any good. We have to start at the beginning, look at the world around us and see how the entirety of creation praises the Creator. And slowly we move forward, step by step, rung by rung, and at each step taking the time to experience G‑d on a more personal level.

Wow, It actually sounds beautiful to me just writing about it, but for some reason I’m still heavily relating to the stick man. But hey, learning to appreciate the process can also be a process, right? Btw -- perhaps those of you who have an easier/more meaningful time with prayer can give me some pointers.

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November 16, 2015
Kavannah
I just like the idea that the letters are holy and they form holy words and they even form G-d's Names and I can "send" those holy letters upward...up...up...up....they go up and carry with them all the gratitude and all the concerns and needs - whatever you need them to carry up. So that even if my kavannah isn't perfect or if I don't understand all the prayers or have just the right kavannah, I can still know that I am connecting and it is meaningful. Also because I am saying it aloud and this is an action, not a silent meditation. I don't know if that is at all helpful to anyone, but it is just my take on the subject. :)
Leah
June 29, 2014
really enjoyed it
chana sudak
london,england
January 28, 2014
that's amazing!
and the sound effects really add well to it.
Anonymous
usa
August 18, 2013
prayer is difficult
It's so true that sometimes it is hard to pray - to take the siddur and start reciting the same words.. for me it's much easier to talk to G-d everyday telling him how I love him so much. This is my prayer and I'm sure it counts!
Yifat
Israel
January 21, 2013
Awesome how you can be so creative with stick figures.
anonymous
Pittsburgh, PA
April 25, 2012
Not only Prayer
This seems like an illustration of human growth in general. In prayer, sure, but also in learning to acquire any new skill, in becoming an educated person, etc., we all have to go step by step before we can get "to the top" and get the amazing "free stuff" of good feelings and maturity that accomplishment brings. From my perspective, all learning is spiritual growth in some way, and it all means that you can't get to the second step before going through the first step first.
Lyone
Columbus, OH
October 14, 2010
Victoria
Hi David, I never did see a more accurate depiction of my prayer life its an image I will not soon forget and hopefully will stop acting out :-) God bless you.
Victoria
Nairobi, Kenya
November 27, 2009
Why pray...
The endless amount of choices or directions to go in as we live our life can lead us to success OR failure: Meaning the results we want to achieve or avoid. There is no other way to be sure of having the results in our life turn out for the best. Prayer is the only sure way. Every other way, by simply using our thoughts, is risky business! Everything can go either way, as a gamble. Who wants to gamble their life away? Prayer is the sure way to have the outcome necessary for your sucess of your dream. So be careful of what you pray for and have faith that you will have it! Remember along the way to be gratful for what you already have.
Marlene
jewishtrivalley.com
November 27, 2009
You & He
Every story we read from adam to noah from noah to abraham from abraham to moshe...its all the same story ... no different than yours, than ours, starts w/modei ani and then we visit the day...step by step ...the now is the only reality we have in this world...thank you, your animation was PERFECT! Shabbat Shalom!
steve "shlomo" brody
roslyn harbor, ny
November 27, 2009
rush for the top
Dovid, you have no idea how incredibly comforting it is for me to know that I'm not the only person that struggles like this with prayer. The cartoon depicts me perfectly, and I saw immediately that i too had been making a foolish rush for the top without remembering the importance of carefully establishing a footing on each rung. Another thing- in ladder safety practice we are told to always maintain 3 points of contact on the ladder, and to keep ourself centered as we climb.... i wonder if this adds a few more ideas into the mix?
Anonymous
Saskatoon, Canada
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