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A dear friend sent these quotations to me the other morning, and they made my day.  Spirituality is a complicated thing, but these words by the great Jewish mystic – who famously said that the opposite of good was not evil, but indifference – bring home to me the essence of being alive.

The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song.

Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.

People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.

-Abraham Joshua Heschel


Whether you pray, whether you celebrate anything this weekend, may you confront it fiercely, filled with the joy and purpose of your life.