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Ahavah Rabah 18: Closer and Closer to Hashem
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להודות לך וליחדך… …to offer praiseful thanks to You, and proclaim Your Oneness… ***** You (Hashem) brought us close to Your great Name (“Shimcha ha’gadol,” as explained last week, means Hashem’s creations and conducting the world) in order that we recognize Your greatness and great chesed, which will then inspire us to thank You. וליחדך–u’l’yachedcha, […]
Ahavah Rabah 17: Recognizing That Hashem Fosters Kiddush Hashem
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וקרבתנו לשמך הגדול סלה באמת, להודות לך… And You have brought us close to Your great Name forever in truth, to offer praiseful thanks to You… ***** Why don’t we just say that Hashem brought us closer to Him?  What does “Shimcha ha’gadol” refer to?  Rav Chaim Friedlander zt”l in Rinas Chaim explains that this […]
Ahavah Rabah 16: Like a Father to a Son
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כי א-ל פועל ישועות אתה, ובנו בחרת מכל עם ולשון For You effect salvations, O G-d; You have chosen us from among every people and tongue. ***** Although we are so far away from what we are asking for (see Ahavah Rabah 15) and we are undeserving of salvation right now, we nevertheless ask Hashem […]
Ahavah Rabah 15: Peace of Mind
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והביאנו לשלום מארבע כנפות הארץ, ותוליכנו קוממיות לארצנו Bring us in peacefulness from the four corners of the earth, and lead us with upright pride to our land. ***** We ask Hashem to bring us out of exile to “shalom” and then to take us upright to our land. HaRav Avigdor Miller zt”l explains “shalom” […]
Ahavah Rabah 14: Appreciating Every Salvation
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נגילה ונשמחה בישועתך …may we exult and rejoice in Your salvation. ***** We ask Hashem that, not only should we not be embarrassed, but we should merit to exult (feel elation) and rejoice in His salvation. This phrase continues where we left off.  We are saying to Hashem: As a result of our bitachon, may […]
Ahavah Rabah 13: Excellent Returns for Trust
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כי בשם קדשך הגדול והנורא בטחנו, נגילה ונשמחה בישועתך Because we have trusted in Your great and awesome holy Name, may we exult and rejoice in Your salvation. ***** Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l explains our phrase as part of our request to Hashem.  Please grant us our spiritual requests, which we have specified, and don’t […]
Ahavah Rabah 12: Proud in the World to Come
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ולא נבוש לעולם ועד… …and may we not feel inner shame for all eternity. ***** The Chofetz Chaim explains that this phrase refers back to the three previous requests: that Hashem enlighten our eyes in Torah, attach our hearts to His mitzvos, and unify our hearts (with one unified purpose) to love and fear Him. […]
Ahavah Rabah 10: A Meeting of Hearts
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ודבק לבנו במצותיך… …attach our hearts to Your commandments… ***** We now ask Hashem to help us attach our hearts to His mitzvos.  As we have mentioned, Hashem wants our hearts and minds deeply involved in His mitzvos.  Performing the actions of the mitzvos is obviously necessary, but that is not the ultimate goal.  Here […]
Ahavah Rabah 9: On a Higher Level
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את כל דברי תלמוד תורתך באהבה. והאר עינינו בתורתך…… …all the words of Your Torah’s teaching with love.  Enlighten our eyes in Your Torah… ***** We now conclude the first set of requests asking Hashem to help us to internalize, clarify, accept, learn, teach, guard, perform, and uphold – ALL of Torah. The word “talmud” […]