Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Power of Prayer!

I'm sure most of you have heard of The Western Wall ( הכותל המערבי‎), or as The Goyim ( גוים or גויים )  Non-Jews, sometimes inappropriately call it  "The Wailing Wall" One of the most sacred sites in all of Judaism. The Wall is actually only a remnant of the original wall that once surrounded the Jewish Temple, and is located in the old city of Jerusalem at the foot of the Temple Mount  it has been a site for Jewish prayer and pilgrimage for centuries.


A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.



So she went to check it out.  When she got to the Western Wall, there he was, alone and walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.



"Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. What's your name?

"Morris Feinberg," he replied.

"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years."

"60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims."

"I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop."

"I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man."

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a fu*king wall."

7 comments:

  1. This is obviously based on an old joke that's gained new life on the Internet. In fact my brother Pat recently sent me an e-mail that had this joke in it.

    As soon as I saw it. I knew I had to use it in my blog! It just fits so well with my philosophy on prayer. I took the time to doctor it up a little bit so that it would initially present as a legitimate blog piece.

    Anyway, we all need a little smile once in a while. I Hope You Enjoyed! :)

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  2. i did! i did! as you well know, i am a HIGHLY secular member of my tribe. but, my dearest friend, you appear to have missed at least one of the salient points of the joke. and by the by, i'll bet a thousand sheckels that the jest was scribed by a jew. but i, as i often do, digress. the point, as i see it, is that as frustrated as the old man has become, he continues to hope. it is very similar the the old joke that goes...OLD RABBI "oh, lord we have weathered these milenia the scorn and scourge of many nations. yet we have never lost our faith. i implore you, holy of holies, to answer a question."the sky darkens, there is a roll of thunder, and then the voice of the Almighty responds, Yes, my son." Rabbi:"is it true that we are your chosen people?" Elohim, the Almighty: yes, my son!" Rabbi"could you choose somebody else!?"

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  3. LOL - That's another good joke that I haven't heard in a while. Lots of fun:)

    BTW - The concept of Hope is not lost on me.

    It's "Hope" and the need for "Hope" that keeps organized religions alive.

    It's Hope that keeps the Donations and the Sheckles, as you call them, coming in.

    Unfortunately, It's the Futility of Such Hope - That's Lost on the Believer!

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