Peter’s Prayer: The Enduring Relevance of Nishmat

11 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2014 Last revised: 28 Oct 2014

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: September 28, 2014

Abstract

The prayer of Nishmat Kol Chai (the soul of every living being) is among the most eloquent prayers of gratitude. It is quite possible that the author of this amazing prayer was the Apostle Peter (Rabbi Shimon Cephas). This prayer highlights the importance of being thankful to God for everything but also stresses the importance of helping the weak and downtrodden. This prayer should be the mantra of every person, especially leaders. Nations, organizations, and people that want to be prosperous and happy should emulate God and live a life filled with compassion for all and deeds of loving kindness. Recent history repeatedly demonstrates that a life built on maximizing wealth, shareholder value, or greed is one that can only lead to disaster.

Note: A condensed version of this paper appears on the Beliefnet website.

Keywords: Nishmat Kol Chai, prayer, gratitude, generosity, Peter, and Simon Cephas

JEL Classification: A22, A23, B11, D63, D81, G18, G21, J78, K00, K4,K40, I20, L20, L21, M1, M3, M5, M14, M19, M31, N0

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Peter’s Prayer: The Enduring Relevance of Nishmat (September 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502608

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