Tefillah Behitpa’alut

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  1. Neil Harris says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this, Micha.

  2. Shmuel says:

    Yasher ko’ach, Reb Micha.

    I don’t suppose you have an extra hard copy of this lying around that might find it’s way to shul on Shabbos morning…?

  3. Bob Miller says:

    “… and satisfy the need of every living being to have desires and goals [rather than ennui]”

    That’s much like the way I’ve understood this verse (that we’re asking HaShem to grant us ratzon to do His will with enthusiasm). Do you know of sources that have this view?

  4. micha says:

    Bob: R’ AY Kook gives that peshat. He points out the punishment of the snake of Gan Eden was to have nothing to strive for. Also, the same point is a little more explicitly made when we say in the berakhah of Borei Nefashos, “borei nefashos rabbos vechesronam”. Okay, we thank or praise Hashem for creating many souls. But why do we add “and the things they lack”?

    The Targum has the peshat of satisfying the desires of every living thing. As do most English translations.

    Shemos Rabba says that the Ratzon in this pasuq is Hashem’s Will. Which is where I got “willing satisfies”.

    R’ Breuer has the pashat of satisfying every living being’s need to be desirable.

    Shmuel: There is now an extra hard copy in my briefcase. Hopefully, it’ll make it to shul.

  5. Bob Miller says:

    Ratzon later has its own verse in the acrostic. Are we saying that the ratzon of His creatures that HaShem carries out is the same ratzon He put in us to begin with?

  6. micha says:

    Bob: Good question. I’m just citing peirushim, and don’t claim to have all the answers. I assume you are are still workiing from within RAYK’s understanding when asking.

    Thinking off-the-cuff:

    Hakol biydei Shamayim chutz meyir’as Shamayim.

    Retzon YEREI’AV ya’aseh…

    It would seem this latter ratzon is at leached touched by something left to the responsibility of the person himself, not what Hashem placed within us. However, “kol chai” goes beyond people and free will altogether.

  7. Bob Miller says:

    Then one of our big jobs is channeling ratzon into yir’ah. But why would HaShem specifically carry out the ratzon of yir’ei shamayim (after all, His much superior will preexists theirs)—because they desire that His will should be manifest?

  8. micha says:

    Bob: Maybe we’re getting to the point of Rabbi Gamliel bei Rebbe’s word in Avos 2:4:
    הוא היה אומר, עשה רצונו כרצונך, כדי שיעשה רצונך כרצונו; בטל רצונך מפני רצונו, כדי שיבטל רצון אחרים מפני רצונך.

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