On Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, we all gather in synagogues, be they Orthodox,
Conservative, or Reform, and turn out hearts toward the G-d of Israel to
request forgiveness and atonement, life and sustenance.
The Zohar, the foundational work of the Kaballah, says in the 6th Tikun: "Everyone howls in their prayers on Yom Kippur like dogs – ruff ruff! Give us sustenance and forgiveness and atonement and life etc… These people have audacity!"
|The Zohar check. Could this be you?|
|Rabbi Shlomo Fisher escorted by Bet El students yesterday|
The Jewish People are the eternal people. This national trait was best described by Mark Twain in an article in Harpers Magazine in 1899:
For example, instead of asking for increased income for yourself so that you make out a future for your children, give tzedaka, and accomplish other worthy endeavors, think about all the other Jews who have similar needs. Turn to G-d with a prayer like this: "Hashem, on behalf of all Jewish parents everywhere, I turn to you to ask you for increased sustenance to enable us all to raise our families in comfort, to provide a good Jewish and secular education for our children, to provide for our wives and make them the happiest wives in the world, to assist relatives and others in need. Please also strengthen the ecomony of the State of Israel, so that it will prosper in the world. Hashem, all Jews everywhere need livelihood and income, so please pour out an abundance of blessing to us all, and include me, your servant, amongst them with this specific need...."
So yes, we must submit our case before G-d for our own material and spiritual needs, but only after and as an extension of begging for those of the Jewish People.