The Merciful One (G-d) Desires the Heart
It is better to pray less with proper concentration than to pray a lot without concentration. (Shulchan Aruch 1:4)
If one is able to pray all of the prayers with proper concentration, this is better than cutting out some of the prayers. But if someone is forced to cut out some of the prayers, or he realizes that he will not be able to concentrate properly and he cuts out some of the supplications in order to pray with proper concentration, it is considered in
The complexities of Jewish prayer! Praying in Hebrew, saying words chosen for us, searching for a minyan, “lengthy” prayers, complex laws of prayer — you get the idea. These factors may make it easy to lose sight of what prayer is all about. In three simple words: Rachamana liba ba’ei — the Merciful One desires the heart — our Sages remind us what, above all,
Today, prayer stands in place of the daily sacrifices offered in the Beit Hamikdash, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, regarding about which it is said: Man lit a fire below, while a spiritual fire came from above (Yoma 21b, 52a). True, the Sages gave us the words to say, but it is our job to bring them to life, to say them with heart. In doing so we provide the fire from below to meet with
Prayer is not reserved for the righteous; we all have a voice.