Yom Shabbat, 10 Tammuz 5778
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Hear our voice

For me, prayer has always been a way to uncover my true voice. To build a relationship, yes with G-d, but also with myself. Through prayer, I uncover my deepest fears, most pressing concerns, and biggest joys. When I stop to listen to myself during prayer, as I ask G-d to do, I truly find my own voice. I can’t count the number of times I have leafed through the Mishkan T’filah and teared up as I read a prayer, which in that moment resonated deeply within me, or how often I’ve felt a sense of awe as I looked around the synagogue, feeling a sense of deep connection with those around me, who were reciting the same words, singing the same tunes, and asking G-d to hear our collective voice.

In a world full of increasing distractions, it can be hard to find the stillness and framework to understand one’s own thoughts, opinions, and values. Through prayer, I can shut off the noise of the world, and trust that G-d is there to hear not only my voice, but and the voice of my community, and the voices of marginalized communities around the world. I find trust that G-d is patient with our process of making sense of the world around us, and finding our place within it. Through prayer, I’ve found my true voice, and built the confidence to stand up for my values. Yes, G-D, hear our voice, but please give me the opportunity to hear my own voice as well.

L’Shana Tovah.

--Jennifer Braham, Director of Membership Engagement