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G-d grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

The above listed prayer is known as the Serenity Prayer. It's actually a prayer that was made famous by A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) as something people recite within their Twelve Step Program.

My question is regarding the concept of idolatry.

The above prayer makes no mention of Jesus Christ. The above prayer makes no question of a religion outside of Judaism. The above prayer is simply a call for guidance from G-d.

If a Jew said the above prayer but they said it with their heart and mind and spirit with Hashem in mind, is that Idolatry?

  • Idolatry is a precise sin. The can/cannot dialectic is not subtil enough for a jew prayer. – kouty Feb 20 '17 at 10:35
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    Why would this be idolatry? Jews are certainly allowed to pray to God – Double AA Feb 20 '17 at 13:58
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    If I wrote this prayer, would you recite it simply on the grounds that I am a Jew? I see nothing wrong with this prayer that you would not be allowed to say it. It makes no mention of any other diety thab G-d Himself. – ezra Feb 20 '17 at 15:33
  • @DoubleAA Isn't there a problem with praying by the words of a non-Jew, particularly if he is an idol worshiper? – SAH Mar 17 '17 at 2:20
  • @SAH If there is, a source would greatly improve this question. – DonielF Jun 12 '17 at 3:38

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