Continued from DZ 2083
Because of our sins we brought about the destruction of the Holy Temple, we don’t have it any more and the priests cannot draw Light to the world with animal sacrifices. The sages prepared for us the prayer books to replace the work of the priests in the Holy Temple.
“שׁוּבָה, יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַד, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ, בַּעֲוֹנֶךָ”
“קְחוּ עִמָּכֶם דְּבָרִים, וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל-יְהוָה; אִמְרוּ אֵלָיו, כָּל-תִּשָּׂא עָוֹן וְקַח-טוֹב, וּנְשַׁלְּמָה פָרִים, שְׂפָתֵינוּ”
“Return, O Israel, to YHVH your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.”
“Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips.”
Our prayers are like bringing sacrifices to the altar in the Holy Temple. The verse above says that our lips ‘Pay with bulls’, which means that the prayers we recite do the work of the sacrifices. That’s what we need to do in order to draw Light of cleansing and nourishments into our lives and the world.
Our prayers are spiritually designed by the sages to raise our consciousness and elevate us to a place where we can draw Light. The priests brought sacrifices in the morning and in the afternoon. In our morning and afternoon prayers we include the description of the work of the priests doing the sacrifices in the Holy Temple. This part of the prayers is at the beginning of the prayers. They are usually recited individually because they intended for personal cleansing. Unfortunately many people skip these parts because the congregation starts the prayers just after them.
It’s spiritual technology and should be followed as the sages and the Zohar teach us. Some call these prayers ‘too religious’ but if we don’t go deeper into the prayers then we miss great Light. Prayers are our fight against the negative side. Without them we don’t have much chance. Just look around you. Too many ‘social clubs’ and very few and small ‘war rooms’ (Click here to see DZ 2049).
Continued in the next DZ