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Judaism

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Principle: Humility

Humility is one of Judaism’s precepts. How can we not be humbled by God’s awesome presence? Jews cover their heads to constantly remind themselves there is a greater Power. We bow the head and bend the knee in prayer to remind ourselves that we are not in control, God is. To be humble is to speak from the strength of one’s limitations.

Text or Verse

Remember Your compassion and mercy, Adonai, for they have existed since ages past. Do not remember the sins of my youth and wrongdoing but remember me in love for the sake of your righteousness, Adonai. Good and upright is Adonai, therefore God shows the way to sinners. You guide the humble to justice. You teach the humble Your way.
Psalm 25: 6-9

Practice

In Sefer Hasidim, Yehuda He-chasid explains how to humbly approach God, letting the Holy One suffuse your spirit: “When you pray do so with a melody that is pleasant and sweet in your own ears. That melody will direct you to pray with a special feeling, since it will lead your heart to follow the direction of your words. When you ask God for something, choose an internal melody that strengthens your heart and when you speak God’s praise, choose a song that will make your own heart rejoice. Your mouth will be filled with joyous verses before God who looks directly into your heart. In such a way you will be able to praise God and come away with overflowing love and happiness."

Resources

Chabad Organization
The Twelve Steps of A.A. and their Parallels in Jewish and Chassidic Thought
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Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. Spirituality, Prayer, The Twelve Steps and Judaism.
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Starting Over: Using Torah and the Twelve Steps of Recovery to Find Happiness
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Take 12 Steps
Jewish Journal
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