Praying In Any Language
One may ask: If
Adam, the first man, was created with the full awareness of
Although today the world is abundantly populated, with worldwide communication at its highest point, there are moments, such as during prayer, when a person must see himself as if he is alone in the world ― just as Adam was. It is thus taught in connection to the verse, “Avraham was one,” that he saw himself as if he were alone with
The Shelah Hakadosh explains that although the Men of the Great Assembly composed fixed prayers that are the same for all to say, each person should pray to
In Chassidic writings it is taught that one should make sure to pray to
The Rambam speaks of this in the beginning of his “Laws of Prayer”. He explains that people originally prayed in their own words, each according to their ability. This continued until around the beginning of the Common Era, which is when the formal order of prayer, which is still used today, was introduced by the Men of the Great Assembly.
But even according to the law, the original form of prayer is still of the utmost importance. Even though we follow the order of worship ordained, personal prayer as it originally existed is still extremely beneficial. All are thus encouraged to make a habit of praying to