I love Jewish prayer. It is often presented in overly embellished language and setting (to connote “awe”). I think the substance is enough, the flowery is not necessary.
My sense of Jewish prayer is that it has one over-arching theme and two component themes that create our best, our most humane.
The over-arching theme suggests a commonly spiritual shift in consciousness from regarding individual work and perception as the nucleus of all our thinking to regarding the the transcendant omnipresent as the nucleus of our thinking.
Science is not a contradiction with either, neither the scientific methodology, nor the results and conclusions of the method.
The shift is a question of “who is the doer?”, “who is the owner?”. If only “i” and “us”, then we lead a short and trivial life, even if wealthy, powerful. If “I”, “Us” and “Thou”, then an extended impact in continuity.
The two component themes in Jewish prayer (and in many others’ prayer) are:
1. Thanks – An attitude, reinforced. “Thank you for bringing me to this moment” and all that comprises it. “You are the doer that has brought me here to this moment.”
2. Reform – An attitude, reinforced. I commit to participate in Your creation, to improve life, my own, my intimates, my community’s, my neighbors’, my world’s.
Jewish. A nation of priests. Taking many forms, always in a state of becoming and/or degradation, requiring our repeated best and humble intention.