Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Personal Requests

Halachic authorities note that this point of prayer is an auspicious time to make personal requests on weekdays. A special emphasis should be placed on the prayer that one’s children succeed in learning and fulfilling the mitzvos, and that one receives the livelihood he needs. These private prayers can be said in any language, with the only requirement being that they come from the heart (Mishna Berura 122,8).

During our first year of marriage, my wife and I faced an unusually large number of challenging circumstances. We asked Harav Shlomo Brevda for guidance, and he assured us that under such circumstances, prayer was the only solution. He advised us to ask for salvation from the specific difficulties that we were undergoing at the conclusion of Shemoneh Esrei, and to conclude our personal prayers with the following words:

“Even though I am not worthy to ask for such requests, nonetheless please do not turn me away empty-handed from before You, for I am pleading to You with a broken heart, and on Your tremendous kindness and Your incredible mercy I put all of my trust. May my heart rejoice in Your salvation.”

We took Rav Brevda’s words to heart and said this tefilla every weekday at the end of Shemoneh Esrei of Shacharis and Mincha. Within a short time, our situation changed dramatically for the better.


Text Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 


ARTICLES ON VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

“So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)
Jon Erlbaum - 0

For Shame or Pride
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

What's G-d's plan?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Yaakov's Descent to Egypt
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Jewish Identity Through Jewish Education
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Maintaining Family Unity
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Time is Precious
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

It's All in the Delivery
Shlomo Katz - 5762

> 'The Plan'
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

Parshas Vayigash
Shlomo Katz - 5770

Horns and Hedonism
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

ArtScroll

Portentous Cries & Kisses
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

Build with Your Dreams
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Paint the World with Light
Rabbi Label Lam - 5775

Shehechiyanu in Bergen Belsen
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information