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Selfless Prayer

12 Tammuz, 5744 • July 12, 1984

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Selfless Prayer: 12 Tammuz, 5744 • July 12, 1984

In the Holy Temple, a Korban Olah, a Burnt sacrifice, was offered up twice daily, in the morning and at dusk. Our Sages teach that while we are in exile, “the prayers were established in place of the daily offerings.” ‘Korban,’ offering, shares the same Hebrew root as ‘Kiruv,’ closeness. The purpose of an offering is, that through it, we become closer to G-d. True closeness to G-d can be achieved when our prayers, like the Burnt Offering, are in order to connect with G-d, not for personal gain.
Daily "Tamid" Offering, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Selfless Prayer
12 Tammuz, 5744 • July 12, 1984
Disc 12, Program 45

Event Date: 12 Tammuz 5744 - July 12, 1984

In the Holy Temple, a Korban Olah, a Burnt sacrifice, was offered up twice daily, in the morning and at dusk. Our Sages teach that while we are in exile, “the prayers were established in place of the daily offerings.”

‘Korban,’ offering, shares the same Hebrew root as ‘Kiruv,’ closeness. The purpose of an offering is, that through it, we become closer to G-d. True closeness to G-d can be achieved when our prayers, like the Burnt Offering, are in order to connect with G-d, not for personal gain.

Our lives are sometimes “bright as morning,” with joy and abundance. At other times, they feel “like dusk,” with confusion and lacking. Like the Burnt Offering, our prayers must be offered with the same dedication to G-d, in whatever our personal situation – both “in the morning” and “at dusk.”

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Donna Stevens Waikaremoana December 4, 2018

Shalom v'Chag Chanukah Sameach

Thank you for this beautiful explanation of the 'Selfless Prayer' and the connection to the sacrifices. This is a blessing indeed. Reply

Kenny Cartwright Abilene, Texas November 17, 2010

Love this lesson Love this lesson!!! Not being very fluent in Hebrew- especially spoken, I am still wondering what was the language being spoken. I understood some Hebrew, but much was unintelligible to me due to my lack. But, the captions captured it- excellent lesson!!!! Reply

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