How Do I Get Closer To God?

What Chanah Teaches Us About How To Pray

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman


One barrier we face in approaching prayer is the feeling that God is so holy that there are no grounds for connection between us. How could limited, flawed human beings possibly reach the infinite Creator through our prayers? The question becomes even more poignant when our prayers are dealing with our very human, messy life circumstances. How can we relate these experiences to God?

The Biblical model for answering these questions is Chana, mother of the prophet Samuel. Not only does God answer Chana’s prayer for a child, but the Talmud looks to her as the paradigm for prayer. This four-part video series, originally created for the High Holidays, takes a deep dive into Chana’s prayer and explores the concepts of holiness, closeness with God, and the real possibility of prayer.

Especially on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we deal with this conundrum: is God our King, or our parent? In the first video of this course, Rabbi Fohrman addresses the question and suggests that we may find guidance from the song of Chana in the book of Samuel. Take a look.