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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” […]
Ahavah Rabah 8: Keys to Spiritual Joy
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לשמור ולעשות ולקיים to safeguard, perform, and fulfill… ***** We will continue to briefly explain the words in this beautiful request, based on the explanations of HaRav Chaim Friedlander (Rinas Chaim) and HaRav Avigdor Miller (Tefilas Avigdor).  We preface each of the statements below with, “We ask You, Hashem, to place in our hearts (and […]
Ahavah Rabah 7: A Plea for Passion
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ותן בלבנו להבין ולהשכיל, לשמוע ללמוד וללמד Instill in our hearts to understand and to elucidate, to listen, to learn, and to teach… ***** Rav Chaim Friedlander zt”l (Rinas Chaim) and Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l (Tefilas Avigdor) explain that the words “ותן בלבנו–v’sein b’libeinu” apply to all the requests that follow.  We ask Hashem to […]
Ahavah Rabah 6: Torah – The Air We Breathe
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אבינו האב הרחמן המרחם, רחם עלינו Our Father, the merciful Father, Who acts mercifully, have mercy upon us ***** אין בכל התפלות תחנונים עזים כאלה, ממש כאיש המתחנן להציל את נפשו There are no supplications in all of the prayers that are more powerful than these, actually like a person who is pleading in order […]
Ahavah Rabah 5: Because Hashem Said So!
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ותלמדם חקי חיים, כן תחננו ותלמדנו And whom You taught the decrees of life, may You be equally gracious to us and teach us. ***** There are different types of mitzvos.  For many of them, we know only a part of their underlying reasons.  For many, we would understand that this is the “right thing […]