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Prayer and spirituality are not the same. While at times we may find some of our prayers to be very spiritual, we might not find spirituality in every prayer. We may not even be spiritually stirred by the same prayer each time we offer it. If you find these words totally confusing, consider this: prayer is how we reach out to God. Spirituality is the internal reaction to our prayer.

Many people today consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious,” finding no use in prayer. While that discussion is too complex to be dealt with here, it is important to note that a connection between spirituality and prayer does in fact exist. In Chayei Sarah, this week’s Torah portion from Genesis, we are given insight into spirituality as a component of prayer. We read that “Isaac went out walking in the field toward evening…”(Gen. 24:63) לָשׂ֥וּחַ  is the verb translated as “walking,” but Rashi, denoting the unusual verb, says the literal meaning of the verb is “to meditate,” and that it is used here with the intention of meaning “to pray.”

May our own “walking” provide us with spiritual moments of meditative contemplation and opportunities for prayer.

Rabbi Bellush