In the Shemoneh Esrei prayers, there is one section against heritics. "...and may all the heretics perish in an instant...may all the enemies of your people be cut down speedily...smash and cut down…Continue
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In the Shemoneh Esrei prayers, there is one section against heritics. "...and may all the heretics perish in an instant...may all the enemies of your people be cut down speedily...smash and cut down wanton sinners etc.... I just don't have any emotion for this part of the Shemoneh Esrei. It's violent and it doesn't allow for people who want to sin or not follow the Torah to do their thing and let them suffer their punishment in the world to come. I don't want to ask Hashem to be an…See More
I'm an author and journalist who davens regularly and faithfully (despite the talking and shmoozing that sometimes goes on around me) at the Anshe Mezeritz shul on the Lower East Side. I'm a regular pain in the neck on the Chabadtalk website, and I hope to be the same here because I am searching for the Essence of Judaism and don't want to be held captive to form. So I have many questions.
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