25 Contemplative Jewish Quotes On Prayer

Here are 25 contemplative Jewish quotes on prayer to nourish our body, mind and spirit during these times.

The world we build tomorrow is born in the prayers we say today  

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks


A Prayer for Daily Insight

Open my eyes, God. Help me to perceive what I have ignored, to uncover what I have forgotten, to find what I have been searching for. Remind me that I don’t have to journey far to discover something new, for miracles surround me, blessings and holiness abound. And You are near.

Amen.

Rabbi Naomi Levy

The time to study a little Torah, or to pray, or to meditate, can’t be “when everything else is done” — because everything else is never done. 

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat.

Prayer is where I go to turn off the noise of life. It is there that I connect to the One who made me and reminds me what is true, right, and expected of me in this life.

Rabbi Rachel M. Isaacs


Prayer is rooted in the idea that man belongs, not to himself, but to God, whose claim to man is not partial but total.  

Rav Joseph Soloveitchik

I practice caring less about specific words and more about the quest for connection, the desire for the holy. It is in praying I find God, that I find myself.

Lauren Bottner

Although we don’t know if (or how) our prayers affect God, we know prayer changes us. Prayer sparks a moral revolution in our soul.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz 

Tefillah is an invitation to go inward. The word lehitpallel (to pray) is reflexive – it’s something I do within myself. It involves inhabiting my inner experience, listening to what is happening in the present, allowing my inner reality to express itself, and embracing this experience as a dialogue with my Creator.

Rabbi Ami Silver

Keeping one’s prayers fresh and evocative, given the sheer frequency of this most holy pursuit, is a constant challenge faced by every man, woman, and child. There are no easy solutions.

Rabbi Yaakov Salomon

Our prayer can be a wordless cry from the depths of the heart.

Yaffa Ganz

And while God answers all prayers, sometimes the answer is “No.”

Rabbi Shraga Simmons

Prayer is thus a curative act and it makes sense that it is part of our prescription for healing. When we pray, we do not change God, but we do change ourselves. In doing so, we affect an actual spiritual and physical change in the situation before us.

Rabbi Moshe Fine


It is better to eat in order to pray than to pray in order to eat. 

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe

A little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Prayer is to the soul what food is to the body. 

Judah HaLevi

Human beings suffer constantly from this homesickness of the soul, and it is in prayer that we cure it. When praying, we feel at one with the whole creation, and raise it to the very source of blessing and life. 

Rav Abraham Kook

Prayer is not a service of the lips; it is worship of the heart. 

Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf


Prayer is like the light from a burning glass in which all the rays that emanate from the soul are gathered to a focus. 

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Prayer must be understood as something radically unique and unassociated with any other type of activity.  It is the participation in the miracle and mystery of God. 

Rabbi David Posner 


The verb “to pray” in Hebrew is reflexive. Prayer is about exposing and facing up to depths of self, asking difficult questions and trying to answer them, pondering the meaning of God’s teachings for one’s life. 

Arnold Eisen


True prayer is a bursting forth of the soul to God. What can be more natural and more human than turning to God’s listening presence with our thanks and our burdens?

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi


The Gates of Prayer are never closed.

Deuteronomy Rabbah 2:12

For humanity to maintain its awareness of God as the Creator of the universe, and for that relationship to be authentic, it must be expressed in every aspect of life. This is why Jewish prayer was not restricted to the house of worship, nor limited to the home or house of study.

Rabbi Jonny Solomon

Penitence, prayer, and righteous acts avert the severe decree.

High Holidays Prayer Book

The purpose of prayer is not to get us out of trouble. The purpose of trouble is to get us into prayer.

Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner

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