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Parashat Va’etchanan – Praying With A Minyan

כִּי מִי גוֹי גָּדוֹל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ אֱ-לֹהִים קְרֹבִים אֵלָיו כַּה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ בְּכָל קָרְאֵנוּ אֵלָיו

For which nation is so great that it has God so near to it, as Hashem our God is at any time we call upon Him?


Three times a day we are lucky enough to have a personal meeting with Hashem. The only One Who actually has the power to grant any of our desires. We have an extra special advantage though when we pray with a minyan.

The Gemara asks what the above mentioned passuk means relative to another passuk in Yeshaya which advises to “Call out to Hashem when he is nearby”? It seems from there that there are some moments that are more opportune than others, while our passuk implies that whenever we please we can call out to Hashem?

The gemara explains that our passuk is in reference to when we pray as a group, with a minyan, while the other is talking about one praying alone. Anytime we need something, or are suffering, we can gather a minyan and Hashem will be there. When we pray alone we must search for opportune moments.

Let us take this privilege that we have to pray with a minyan, and pray that we never again lose that ability.


Shabbat Shalom

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