Reciting Hallel, a collection of psalms praising God, is one of the Seder’s last acts. Such liturgy begs the question: why does God need our praise? We extol God not for God, but for us. Many of us habitually concentrate on negatives; we complain and criticize much more than we praise. This outlook can lead to self-absorption, miserliness, depression, illness. Praise liturgy invites us to reframe our focus, from seeing the muck of our reality to seeing its miraculous. Through praise we can be happier, healthier, kinder, and more selfless.
Read Rabbi Knopf’s Recent Posts
- 6 Years as a Rabbi: What I’ve Learned June 16, 2017
- Do You control Your Monuments, or Do They Control You? – Shavuot 2017 June 2, 2017
- Remarks from Richmond Rally Against Muslim Ban May 9, 2017
- 30 Days of Liberation 2017 April 14, 2017
- Illumin8 2016 December 27, 2016