Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tefilla Le'ani

תְּפִלָּה לְעָנִי כִי-יַעֲטֹף, וְלִפְנֵי ה' יִשְׁפֹּךְ שִׂיחוֹ. ה' שִׁמְעָה תְפִלָּתִי, וְשַׁוְעָתִי אֵלֶיךָ תָבוֹא. אַל תַּסְתֵּר פָּנֶיךָ מִמֶּנִּי בְּיוֹם צַר לִי

Tefillah le'ani ki-ya'atof, ve'lifnei Hashem yishpoch sicho. Hashem, shema se'fillasi, ve'shav'asi ei'lecha savo. Al tas'teir panecha mi'meni be'yom tzar li.

"A prayer of the afflicted man when he faints, and in front of Hashem he pours forth his supplications. Hashem, hear my prayer, and my cry -to You let it reach! Do not hide Your face from me on the day of my distress." (Tehillim 102:1-3)

The Rambam writes, "It is a Mitzvah from the Torah to cry out to Hashem for help...whenever trouble strikes the community." When we daven during troubled times, we aren't just performing the Mitzvah Deoriisa of praying to Hashem, but we are confirming our belief that only Hashem can help us. the Sefer Ha'Ikrim comments that somone who doesn't pray in his hour of need must either be lacking faith that Hashem is watching, or lacking faith that Hashem is all-powerful, and that both of these are utter heresy. The Sefer HaChinuch adds: "And someone who is in difficult circumstances and does not call out to Hashem to save him has violated this mitzvah of prayer...for it is as if he has removed himself from the overseeing of Hashem."
Sometimes people don't daven, not because of lack of belief in Hashem, but rather because of lack of belief in themselves; doubting if they are worthy of their prayers being accepted. Truthfully though, Hashem is available to every person, whether he is worthy or not. As the Sefer Ha'Ikrim explains, Everything we get from Hashem everyday isn't a result of man's righteousness but rather it is an expression of Hashem's benevolence and compassion. As it says in Daniel 9:18- "Turn Your ear, Hashem, and listen...For not because of our righteousness do we pour out our supplications before You, but because of Your great compassion."
To be worthy of Hashem accepting our prayers we don't need to be perfect, or even close to it. We simply need to reach for the lifeline He is extending to us, and to grasp it gratefully, confident that at the other end is the One Power Who can save us. (From Praying With Fire by R' Heshy Kleinman)
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(Top picture courtesy of Lazer_Beams-From the movie Ushpizin)
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4 comments:

eichler.... said...

it took this long to finally post a shout out to the movie ushpizin??? bets movie ever, a must see-- 2 thumbs up on the latest ratings, i must say cr , u rly came through in the clutch-- when the going gets tough, the tough gets going-- jsut always rmemeber your wallet.... ummm ok back to my game of monopoly

EMH said...

Also Gemera Brachot 26b says (i think) when it is talking about the avot and the 3 tefilot in regard to Yitzchak:
Yitzchak enacted Minchah -- "va'Yetzei Yitzchak la'Su'ach ba'Sadeh"; "Sichah" refers to Tefilah. the proof that sicha refers to tefillah is this passuk.

DEFIANCE said...

SHABBAT SHALOM! <> (tehillim 102:1-3)o eterno, ascolta la mia preghiera e giunga fino a te il mio grido. Non nascondermi il tuo volto nel giorno della mia avversita'. Tendi verso di me il tuo orecchio; quando ti invoco affrettati a rispondermi. Poiche' i miei giorni svaniscono come fumo e le mie ossa ardono come un tizzone. (102:12) BUT YOU, O LORD, SHALL ENDURE FOR EVER, AND THE REMEMBRANCE OF YOUR NAME TO ALL GENERATIONS. (13)YOU WILL ARISE AND HAVE MERCY ON <> (tehillim 118:22) THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. AVRIL 25 2010 hours local 12pm

none said...

a nice version is on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q58kk24bFHs