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The Lord's Prayer as Jewish Prayer

Author: 
Rabbi Marcia Prager
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Jewish prayer is called the Divine Service of the heart, for our hearts are the temples to which we bring the offering of our prayers. Prayer is a spiritual practice of closeness-making with God--an opening of the self allowing divine energy to fill us so heaven and earth are brought closer. In the Gospels, Jesus the rabbi regularly teaches Jewish prayer. In Mark 12:29 Jesus proclaims, "Shema Yisrael - Know with every fiber of your being that God is All there is." What then did it mean for Jesus to say the Lord's Prayer as a Jew? In this adaptation of a talk originally presented at Weaving Our Gifts: A Conference of Catechists 2002, Rabbi Prager begins her exploration with the historical context and language of the Lord's Prayer.