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3) Read through the prayers and slowly think about what you’re saying and don’t be overly concerned about being behind. Look, the worst that could happen is that you will fall behind, but don’t worry, they’ll probably announce the pages so you can always catch up. - In my opinion, this tip is very important to me. Im usually concerned with what it is exactly I'm pronouncing and if I sound funny. If I stop thinking like that and actually slow down to try to understand the meaning then I will make it more meaningful for myself and not worry about if Im following along exactly page by page. 2) “Unfulfilled expectations lead to self-imposed frustrations.” Therefore, don’t expect to be “moved” by every prayer or to follow along with the entire service. - My first prayer service, I believed I was going to have a powerful moving experience the whole way through and that definitely was not the case. I was taking everything in slowly and analyzing the rabbi, the room, and the prayer being said. I felt myself distracted at times and not paying attention 100 percent. However, there were few moments where I actually enjoyed the feeling I got when I followed along and watched others. Another tip, which I can take away from is not worrying over the fact that I don't speak Hebrew and might not pronounce the prayers properly. As long as I'm trying, is what counts. One tip I can suggest to others is to not care about how you look and just be in the moment. So many people are nervous about how they look or sound and that should not matter when you are attending a prayer service. It is about being in the moment and feeling connected to the Jewish community you are a part of.

I watched the Comedy of Conflict film and read the two separate suggested readings. I really enjoyed watching the film and how they incorporated various short clips from famous movies to explain conflict and how these characters overcame them and passed the "suffering" stage. We find these conflicts that the characters are going through as entertaining because we know that they will overcome it and come to a better ending. We enjoy watching others overcome obstacles. However, in real life situations when we are presented with conflict, we tend to ask ourselves why is this happening to me? This film and reading is suggesting that conflict is brought to us from G-d and it is there to help us overcome a certain struggle and better ourselves. If these conflicts are presented by god than it means we are being taught a lesson and it is for the better. Judaism believes everything happens for the better, even if it is something terrible such as illness or hardships. A life without conflict and struggle suggests that we wont leave this world better than we entered it. It is important to have conflict to grow as a person and appreciate the life we have. The conflicts presented in movies show these characters going through pain and suffering but also show how they overcome it. The lessons being taught are that G-d is not responsible for the horrible things in life such as starvation and killings. However, he is responsible in presenting to you different conflicts and pain in order for you to overcome these struggles and grow as a better person. If we only lived based on pleasure, then life would be mundane.

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