Sh'ma Yisrael: ComplexConservativeContemplation

Part of what makes praying undesirable is many think it involves turning off our mind.  Tefillah, the authentic Jewish prayer experience requires just the opposite.  We must engage, critique, and find new meaning in these affirmations about God, the world, and our role in it that were developed in ancient times.  Our ancestors wrestled with the big questions about life.  Conservative Judaism uses Tefillah as an opportunity to engage us in active conversation about such issues.  To that end, I tackle one of the starkest paragraphs that is at the heart of each service, morning and night.  You may want to read the paragraph before you list to the video: Deuteronomy 11:13-21.  Join the conversation -- let me know what you think about prayer, Conservative Judaism, and God's role in the world!

Here is the video: