#BlogElul via the Movies 8 – It’s a Wonderful Prayer

Prayer is the focus of much of the High Holy Days. Our communal, organized prayers are supplemented by private, personal prayers we offer spontaneously throughout out lives. Movies are filled with such moments of “prayers of desperation.” Most famously, there is George Bailey’s prayer in It’s a Wonderful Life.

George’s life has always been deeply troubled. His brother nearly drowned and George lost his hearing in his left ear in saving him. Family illness, his brother’s goals, the evil Henry F. Potter, and his foolish foolish Uncle Billy are some of the woes he faces. In a moment of hopelessness, George offers off a short prayer…

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