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I'm not really one for scripture. I'm not really one for responsive readings in prayer books. I don't heed the words, and I think a lot of it is corny and silly. Besides, generally people say the words in a dull, monotonous tone that implies that they aren't even listening to what they are saying, merely repeating the same thing week after week.

However, I really enjoy this particular paragraph at the end of the Amidah. Generally I read through the entire Amidah, but if everyone else seems to be finishing, I skip ahead to the end to read this paragraph, and don't sit down until I'm done. If anyone happens to know a Hebrew song for this, let me know. Here's the English translation:

"My God, keep my tongue from evil, my lips from lies. Help me ignore those who slander me. Let me be humble before all. Open my heart to Your Torah, so that I may pursue Your mitzvot. Frustrate the designs of those who plot evil against me. Make nothing of their schemes. Do so because of Your compassion, Your power, Your holiness and Your Torah. Answer my prayer for the deliverance of Your people. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, my Rock and my Redeemer. He who brings peace to His universe will bring peace to us and to all the people Israel. Amen."

Oh, and because this post is religious in nature, I can add this (and please please realize I am not trying to start a debate here):
"For Christians, scripture is the end of the discussion. For Jews, it is the beginning"



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Aug. 29th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's an extremely powerful quote. It applies to me very much at this moment.
Aug. 29th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
That is true. Back when my folks forced me to go to church and someone found out I don't believe in god, I remember someone would break out the ol' bible and start hammering scripture at me. Now I have a bible, and I read it from time to time, and I believe in some higher force, but not necessarily exactly the way the bible says things, you know?

So, say I was in bible class at my christian high school and someone made a smart remark about "David doesn't believe in creation!" The teacher would spit a bible verse at me. I would respond with "I don't take that necessarily at face value. It's pretty words but doesn't convince me." (Or something along those lines.) Someone would then spit out another bible verse. Blah.

Of course this was when the whole bible class wasn't just argueing over the intreptation of one verse and the teacher was sitting at his desk in he back of the room reading a magazine.

But I can vouge for the christian part of that statement anyway.
Aug. 29th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
ah, the Psalm by David. Great minds think alike, because that's my favorite part of the Amidah. Your transliteration is lightly different than the ones I've seen, but pretty much the exact same.

Aug. 31st, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Tell that last little bit to Holy Mother Church.
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