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Chief Rabbis Call For Prayer to End Financial Crisis

While Americans give thanks tomorrow, Israel's top rabbis have called for mass prayer rallies across Israel to help end the global financial crisis. Jewish religious institutions have been hit hard by the economic downturn, as fundraising efforts in the US and Europe have proved futile.

This past summer, religious leaders in the US held gas station-side prayer vigils in an attempt to reduce pain at the pump. Considering gas prices have dropped to 2004 levels, those who pray for solutions may be onto something.

With the US government prepared to spend as much as $7.4 trillion on the financial mess to no obvious avail, perhaps it's time to start pursuing cheaper options.


CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
BTW GirlA, Jim Henson...avid catholic.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
GirlA you might not believe in it, but you insist on being disrespectful to those who do. and untill you do learn to respect other peoples beliefs, people are going to call you out on it.
nguidjol nguidjol 8 years
Why is she a sad girl NotMeAnymore? Because she does not believe in prayers? Wow you religious people are really narrow minded!
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I would never presume to say such a thing. :) I've been called a few names on here - by proxy, anyway - and its the internet. Its just too easy for people to act like tubes towards each other!
girlA girlA 8 years
I mean, for NOT calling me a sad person.
girlA girlA 8 years
I understand shadow--thanks for calling me "sad" person.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
However, I should add... I would take exception to the idea that those of us who are not overtly religious in nature are by definition "sad" - that in itself is a bit judgemental. That aside, girlA, while in "theory" I might agree with you, I still think we should respect people's right to belief in prayer and that being disrespectful isn't necessary or helpful. Just 2 c.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I think when times are hard, people turn to what makes them feel empowered and comforted. While I am not a particularly religious person by any means, and I am not personally of the feeling that this will change anything DIRECTLY, I do think it will help those who do it cope with the situation at hand and ultimately that is what matters. "Better" is a state of mind, to an extent, and getting through the day during hard times often calls people to reach out to what they feel works for them, to strengthen and revitalize the spirit. In some cases, that is prayer. Though its not something I would do, I absolutely respect that there are people that believe in the power of prayer - not to mention the "meditative" benefits Stephley alludes to in her post.
girlA girlA 8 years
Just because I don't believe prayer is going to do diddley to help the economy, doesn't mean I'm a "sad" person.
Phil Phil 8 years
Why sad? Elaborate please
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 8 years
"sad" is not necessarily a state of mind, girlA.
girlA girlA 8 years
Nope...I'm a very happy person actually.
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 8 years
What a sad person you must be, girlA.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I know the Messiah will answer our prayers.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
*that meditation.... (I keep making mistakes today. geez.)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I strongly believe prayer can help in situations and the meditation can do wonders; HOWEVER the prayer for the financial crisis is called "January 20th, 2009."
Phil Phil 8 years
While I do believe that there is physical and psychological in meditation (prayer), it won't do much to help the economic crisis. Yes, those of us who do meditate, meditate, but don't let it get in the way of actually doing something to stabilize the economy.
girlA girlA 8 years
OMG prayer? Give me a Godda*ned break!
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 8 years
I know that intellectually, it can seem futile. But as a clergywoman, I must add that I have seen prayer work miracles in many ways. I firmly believe that it's a worthwhile activity. As a Gentile, and a moderately liberal Christian, I am not of the belief that God "fixes" everything when I ask. Many times, I think the way God answers our prayers is through the Spirit moving in us, inspiring us to behave in different ways that better us - and the community around us, as a result.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Whatever helps.
Obama-SNL-Clones Obama-SNL-Clones 8 years
Prayer might have a psychologically calming effect on each individual, but it's not going to solve the global economic crisis. But if the believe it will, I'll certainly not go out of my way to stop them.
kranky kranky 8 years
I told my husband we should stop tracking our 401(k)s and the stock market and just see how many people show up to church on Sunday. Attendence has definitely been up since the market hit the fan.
stephley stephley 8 years
A little meditation might help people come up with better ideas for fixing the problems, so pray away!
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