Much like pineapples, I am hardcore. (thisgirliknow) wrote,
Much like pineapples, I am hardcore.

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"
Tags: judaism

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