World’s Best Smartphone App

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It’s incredibly powerful. It’s free, and doesn’t even require a download. Taps into one of the most valuable communications channels ever used by Man. Thanks to Dr Sylvain Cappell (who found it here, from where it is excerpted), via Dr. Barry Simon

Using the Blackberry for the first time, I called the Sudilkover Rebbe to speak to him before he returned to Eretz Yisroel. I asked him what, based upon his life experience, had helped him the most in his avodas Hashem. The Rebbe answered with one simple word, “Tefilla”.

He explained to me that a person should talk to Hashem on numerous occasions throughout the course of the day for everything large and small; before learning, before eating, while sitting at their desk at work, and even before routine errands.

The Rebbe then said me something that I didn’t expect to hear from him. He told me that in his opinion the cellphone was one of the greatest inventions in the past few decades. The reason for this was because it gave a person the ability to walk on the street and talk to Hashem without giving the appearance that he was insane.

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5 Responses

  1. Leah says:

    Ahhh, yes, I have used the cell phone to “talk” before…very good response from the rabbi.

  2. Miriam says:

    In all honesty, I think that people who talk on cell phones in the middle of the street ARE insane, but maybe I am missing the point.

    We agree again….

    The difference between placing a cell phone call in public versus conversing with HKBH, is that with a cell call one is bringing in someone who is not there and shutting out (or disturbing) those who are, but with tefilla Hashem is already present, and does not require noisy chattering to engage Him.

  3. Chaim says:

    I do miss those mincha’s in an airport phone booth.

  4. Raymond says:

    In all honesty, I think that people who talk on cell phones in the middle of the street ARE insane, but maybe I am missing the point. :-)

  5. E. Fink says:

    Reminds me of something my great great grandfather, Reb Elyah Lopian said. When telephones were not yet commonplace he remarked how odd it seemed that one could pick up a handset and speak with someone across the world. Reb Elyah said that it was a perfect mashal for tefilah. We talk, using a specific code, and i reaches the Recipient. The telephone made it easier for him to understand tefilla.

    This is how gedolim think…