it Torah thought for 01/18/98
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Connection, Request, and Effect

There are three main models of Jewish prayer

One is the "bakasha", or request, approach to prayer. That is the idea that a person goes to G-d to have his requests for his needs answered.

Another model of prayer is the Kabbalistic approach where divine names are invoked and the idea is to actually make an effect by using kabbalistic techniques.

The third model, introduced widely by the chassidim, is the experiential approach, where a person who reaches an ecstatic state or a feeling of connection to G-d has accomplished the goal of prayer.

- based on R. Sokol's Shabbos shiur 1/16/99

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