Humanistic Jewish Congregation: ‘Don’t Just Pray – Choose to ACT!’

On the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, one Humanistic Jewish group in Chicago is asking their congregation to do something a little different:

“Prayer may be wishing for change, but action makes it happen,” says Rabbi Adam Chalom. “We’re taking this opportunity on May 2 to change the world for the better by choosing to ACT.”

Kol Hadash is inviting everyone in the community to participate and to celebrate your good deeds. No matter how big or small, let us know how you are choosing to ACT to make a difference. Post a picture on Kol Hadash’s Facebook page, or Tweet your good deed on Twitter with #choosetoACT and tell us how you helped another. Sharing your actions can inspire others to take action too!

Adam elaborates on his own site (emphasis his):

On a day intended to encourage people to hope that the world gets better, to lessen of human suffering, we use human power to actually make the world better and to help others in a real, tangible way. Giving blood is a good deed that only people can do for each other, and a problem that prayer alone will not fix. You can provide food to a food bank, donate a dollar with your coffee purchase, or innumerable other small deeds of human goodness.

I can’t agree enough. Prayers help no one else tangibly and only help the people saying them psychologically. Actions help everyone.

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  • Rain

    They should have something like a National Sadie Hawkins Day for Gods. Everybody prays to everybody else’s gods and then see which of the prayers come true or not. Sadly it could never work because other gods have the “god cooties”.

  • Kellen Conner

    Yeah, as someone who was subjected to a lifetime of attempts (from myself and others) to pray away my depression and learning disorders, this is a breath of fresh air.

  • chicago dyke

    i have to agree with KC. i’m not really sure prayer “helps” the praying person psychologically. not only does it fail, it reinforces the emptiness of religious belief, in the sense that you can babble all day to the god(s) of your choice and never receive an answer. of course the religious have all sorts of BS that explains the worthlessness and silent nature of prayer/communication from the divinity. usually, it’s something along the lines of “it’s your fault for not believing hard enough.” which in turn only leads to more depression, anxiety and confusion.

  • Mairianna

    Yeah, but it is a fantastic excuse! You can say to someone, “I’ll pray for you,” and inside you know you aren’t going to waste another SECOND on their problems, but they’ll NEVER know!

  • Spuddie

    I want to try out one of those fun Gods which allows sacramental narcotics use and ritual prostitution.