Torah Portion: Beha'alotechah
When Miriam falls ill, Moses responds with a simple but effective prayer. In Hebrew, it consists of only five words, which translate to “Please G-d, please heal her.” This plaintive appeal to the Eternal One, reminds us that our own prayers need not be complicated. We, like Moses, can pray by expressing our deepest yearnings, hopes, concerns and dreams in direct, personal and heartfelt language. While there will always be an important role for the traditional liturgy found in our prayer books, our own spontaneous prayers can be even more effective: they too reach beyond ourselves and impact the Great Mystery we call G-d.