Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pray in a language you understand


"If a Gd-fearing person who does not understand Hebrew comes to you... tell him to learn the prayers in whatever language he understands, for prayer is only with the heart's comprehension. If the heart does not understand what he utters with his mouth, what good is it> Therefore, it would be better for him to pray in the language he understands."

(Sefer Chasidim 588)

[To which I always add: But he should then take the time to learn Hebrew, and not forever rely on translations...]

Have a great day,

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