Tefilla presents, for me, the most
formidable challenge I face as someone
trying to be a responsible and committed
Jew. The sheer repetitive nature of the
required text - three times a day, at least,
every day, without any break - often makes
it hard for me to muster even a small
measure of authentic feelings. I am familiar
with the three-fold division of the weekday
Amida– giving praise, stating requests,
and articulating thanks – but I find it
hard to express these sentiments, even on
occasion, with any degree of sincerity.
How is it possible to recite the same exact
words thousands of times and identify
emotionally with what is being recited?