Prayer

Prayer is for the spirit as what food is for the body. It is an essential part of our spiritual being and is central to our whole relationship with God. Like all other religions Judaism also places a very great emphasis upon prayer. Essentially a Jew prays three times a day – morning, afternoon and evening. In addition each time he eats or drinks he says a blessing before and afterwards.

While praying, men will cover their heads with a skull-cap (Kippa). Some Jews will always have their heads covered as a mark of reverence. In addition at morning prayers they will wear a special prayer-shawl (Tallit) and black leather boxes on their head and arm (Tephillin). These boxes contain Biblical passages.

Those who wish to pray in the morning, would most probably want to pray before breakfast, and not in full view of others. If possible a quiet room should be made available for a short time (approx. 30 minutes), otherwise the curtain should be drawn round his bed.

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