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Worship through prayer is often referred to as “an offering of the heart.” Without the proper kavannah (intention), our prayers are meaningless.

By studying this week’s Torah portion Vayikra, the first in the Book of Leviticus, we learn that the ancient sacrifices our ancestors brought to the priests also needed to have the appropriate kavannah. Whether a burnt offering, a meal offering, a sin offering, a guilt offering, or a sacrifice of well being, each time a gift was brought, its purpose was to bring the individual making the offering closer to God.

So it is today. With each act of prayer, we hope to bring God’s presence into our lives. May our efforts always be sincere, and may God hear our prayers.

Rabbi Bellush