January 27, 2017 11:45 am at 11:45 am #619105
My mother has always had financial problems. She has changed many jobs, overworked for hours, has unpaid bank loans, and her had financial unluck in her life continues. She is a moral woman, warm-hearted, religious (not Judaism) but her life has always been a struggle to connect both ends, and thank G-d she has not surrendered and finds a way not to fail. This is in relation to my planned conversion to Judaism; what prayers to Hashem and/or deeds do I need to do to help her?January 29, 2017 3:58 am at 3:58 am #1212604
Schissel challah?January 29, 2017 11:07 am at 11:07 am #1212605
Baruch HaShem for this website for making me learn.I would really love to have my first Shabbos after Pesach and introduce shlissel challah. Thanks lightbrite, great suggestion I appreciate it a lot!January 29, 2017 1:55 pm at 1:55 pm #1212606
While there are specific acts and prayers that would certainly help with that, in Judaism we believe we are speaking directly to God in prayer, and in it we can ask whatever we want. So it might be best to simply ask for help for her at a point in Shemoneh Esrei.January 29, 2017 5:23 pm at 5:23 pm #1212607
At the same time, while we do pray for our material needs, that doesn’t mean that G-d will deliver. Sometimes G-d says, “No.”
Not only that, but there is a concept called, histadlus. It’s the actual effort in changing the situation. Prayer is meant to change us. It’s a humbling experience. You come out of prayer a different person than the one who came into it. However, sometimes prayer alone is not enough to change a situation.January 29, 2017 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm #1212608
“This is in relation to my planned conversion to Judaism; what prayers to Hashem and/or deeds do I need to do to help her?” (Litvos)
Litvos: What do you mean that this is in relation to your planned conversion?
Are you converting to Judaism to help your mother? And/or, by converting to Judaism, do you hope that it will improve your mother’s or your financial circumstances?
–Btw, the challah thing is symbolic. One cannot say that your eating them or your mother eating this bread will result in more income. If it was so, then we’d all be eating way more of this challah bread. You know?January 29, 2017 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #1212609
Lightbrite, neither of those. I made a thread a few days ago before Shabbos about my planned giyur, and I briefly told my story and reasons. I have now contacted the Orthodox rebbe of the shul, and we’re meeting in February. It is neither to improve mine or my mother’s financial circumstances, nor do I convert just because to help her. My conversion is in fact not related to her, but to G-d. Any implication that anyone would convert for any materialistic outcome is simply betrayal of Hashem and Judaism. And by help, I never meant money or anything similar to a materialistic implication.
Hashem knows only, so I should have abstained from making this topic but thank you again for introducing me to schlissel challah. You have misinterpreted my response about consuming challah = becoming wealthy; but let me tell you, I do know very well what challah means to every Jewish person.
I do not hope to become rich, or my mother to become rich. I only want for her to be joyful, healthy and keep the Noahide laws binding.January 29, 2017 8:08 pm at 8:08 pm #1212610
Every blessing to you Litvos 🙂January 29, 2017 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #1212611
Litvos, thank you for the clarification as well. When I reread the thread, I didn’t know what you meant. Then I wondered if. But it could he anything. But what if I said something and it wasn’t helpful etc. And what if someone, years from now, can relate and reads this and etc…
Thus thank you for your words. Much appreciated 🙂January 29, 2017 9:05 pm at 9:05 pm #1212612
You are indeed right that at first glance the text reads very controversially and could be misinterpreted in various ways. I am glad you brought up those questions as it helped clear out any questions people might have if they stumble upon here and relate to my story’s context.
Every blessing to you as well, lightbrite! And Gut Chodesh 🙂
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