Jewish Prayer

According to judaism everything is a gift from God therefore the jewish religion encourages people to be in a constant state of gratefulness to God and to express this gratitude to God through prayer. Due to this attitude jews have devised an elaborate set of prayers for all occasions here are some samples.

Prayer upon waking(Modeh Ani):

I thank you, living and eternal King, for returning my soul to my body, great is your faithfulness.

Before eating fruit:

Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of The Universe, Creator of the fruit of the trees.

Handwashing Prayer:

Blessed art thou, Lord our God, Master of the universe, who has sanctified us with thy commandments, and commanded us about washing the hands.

Prayer upon smelling a pleasant fragrance:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who creates various kinds of spices.

Prayer upon exiting the bathroom after having had ones bodily functions function properly:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has made mans body in wisdom.

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Blessings/blessings.html

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1317739/jewish/Blessings-Miscellaneous.htm

The jewish religion seeks to inculcate in its adherents a attitude of constant prayer.

The following is from a noahide website(noahides are gentiles that practice judaism).

In addition to the above, one should pray at least once every day. Prayer is to the soul as food is to the body: It keeps the soul alive and well, and strengthens it for the day ahead. Just as we would generally not skip eating food, we also should not skip prayer on any day. This applies even if one does not feel “inspired” to pray—in fact, it applies especially if one does not feel like praying. Prayer is the cause, not the result, of feeling our spiritual essence. If we wait for the right “feeling,” we starve ourselves of much-needed spiritual energy. When prayer feels like work, we know it is succeeding.

The best time to pray is first thing in the morning, after waking up and getting dressed, but before going to work or conducting any business. G-d is our true Employer, and should be acknowledged before we go work for our human “employers,” who are merely G-d’s vessels through whom He provides our sustenance. Furthermore, prayer is like a “call to duty” in the morning, which energizes us and gives a spiritual focus to get the day off to a proper start.

http://noahide.com/prayer.htm

Remember: no meal is complete without saying thanks to God.

The mindset for prayer is referred to as kavanah, which is generally translated as “concentration” or “intent.” The minimum level of kavanah is an awareness that one is speaking to G-d and an intention to fulfill the obligation to pray. If you do not have this minimal level of kavanah, then you are not praying…

http://www.jewfaq.org/prayer.htm

More websites about jewish prayer:

http://www.godweb.org/PrayersJewish.htm

http://www.kosheroncapecod.com/bnainoach/blessings.html

Some jewish religious thinkers have also advocated chastity as can be seen by the information at a website which is linked to with the following link.

Rabbi Nachman On Continence

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