Many people associate prayer and synagogue attendance with an annual Yom Kippur visit. Truth be told however, there are a lot more prayers on the Jewish

to-do-list than Yom Kippur. There are actually no less than three prayers daily. These prayers, for morning, afternoon and evening correspond to two sacrifices that were brought in the Temple in Jerusalem every morning and afternoon, with certain elements being completed in the evening (hence three).

Now this may seem like quite a lot of prayers. It should not come as a surprise therefore, that the name of these prayers, and the sacrifices which they replaced, was "The Uninterrupted Ones". In all honesty though, they were not uninterrupted. They took place only twice during the day. Hey, the Muslims have five prayers per day! So why the disingenuous name?

The idea of sacrifices back then, and their practical counterparts today, was serving G‑d through self-refinement and self-improvement. Striving to use all our capabilities, talents and possessions to make the world a better place.

The idea is simple. It is not necessary to continuously be involved in prayer 24/7 to be a "good Jew". The prayers are meant to serve as a internal compass for the rest of our daily activities. When one starts the day off by contemplating one's goal in life, and then proceeds to go through the day based on those values, the prayers truly are "uninterrupted". For prayer alone doesn't accomplish much. Prayer followed by action, from eating kosher down to conducting a business deal in an honest fashion, truly is "prayer 24/7".

Rabbi Avrohom