Parashat Balak

The Place From Which We Pray

Unlike Abraham, Bil'am failed to examine his own prayers and intentions, attributing their failure to his location of prayer.

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Kevi’as makom, establishing for oneself a place for prayer, refers to more than a physical seat in the synagogue. It represents a commitment to tefillah (prayer) that states, "It is not the shul I attend or the spot I occupy that determines successful prayer. It is my ability to constantly dig deeper and sharpen my focus internally."

Of such a person we can surely say, "What a humble man, what a pious man. He is a disciple of Avraham Avinu."

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Rabbi Aaron Gruman is rabbi of Congregation Toras Emes in East Windsor, New Jersey.