The Crises of Prayer
|1.||. the universe does manifest certain harmonies if we are but receptive to them;|
|2.||. creation allows us more possibilities for human growth than does destruction;|
|3.||.aesthetic appreciation of our world enhances our pleasure at being part of it;|
|4.||.the prayerfully poetic words of our predecessors, both Jewish and Christian, contained with the siddurim (sabbath and festival prayer books) and machzorim (High Holy Day prayer books) of both religious traditions, now reinterpreted since the Shoah, likewise increase the shared yearnings of all humankind for peace and survival;|
|5.||.the disciplined gatherings of like-minded groups in celebration and in sorrow can help energize us to confront the challenges of our own day and learn from each other;|
|6.||. last and perhaps most important, we need not suspend our intellect nor deny historical realities, especially those of the Shoah, when we engage in what we will continue to call prayer.|
We will take each in turn.