The Shema Prayer, Columbia, © Zion Ozeri
1) You can read more about the Shema, a central piece of Jewish prayers, here. Why do you think Rabbi Shimon recommends being careful with this recitation?
2) "The prayer" that is referenced here is the Amidah, or Prayer of Silent Devotion. What do you think it means to make your prayer "automatic?"
3) Think of a time when you switched to doing something very intentionally after doing it without thinking for a while - or vice versa. What did that change feel like?
Help build a digital scrapbook by adding your own image or Midrash, with a caption, here, in response to these questions:
1) What does it look like to do something very carefully?
2) Is there a moment that represents a request for compassion from someone else?