Working on a talk for the Freedom House tomorrow and some of my research brought this quote across my path and I thought it was worth sharing.

Perhaps first and foremost, prayer is a delivery system for committing us to the great ideas that make life worth living, because ideas that are ritually construed empower us to do what we would otherwise never have the courage to do. Prayer moves us to see our lives more clearly against the backdrop of eternity, concentrating our attention on verities that we would otherwise forget. It imparts Judaism's canon of great concepts and moves us to live our lives by them.

--Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

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