Fridays with Manny


What To Pray For

You might have read, heard or viewed the news about the latest events in Israel. This story, which I translated from Russian, brings some sad awareness.

The major TV network found out that there was an old Jew in Jerusalem who went to the Western Wall to pray to God for many years. They sent a correspondent to interview the old man. When he came to the Wall, he immediately spotted the man. He was old, frail, and walking with a cane. After the introduction, the correspondent asked the old man how many years had he been praying there? “For at least 70 years”, he answered. “And what do you ask from God?” The correspondent inquired. “I ask for peace between the Jews, Christians and Muslims. I ask for there to be no wars and hatred. I pray that our children grow up in safety, to become people who love one another and be responsible for their actions. I ask God that politicians would always speak the truth and put people’s interests ahead of their own”. “And what is your feeling after 70 years of prayers?” asked the correspondent. “I feel that I am talking to the wall,” answered the old man.

Jerusalem means “city of peace” and it is the capital of the state of Israel, where Jews, Christians and Muslims can live in peace. On one of my visits there, I encountered representatives of all three religions.

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