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Fulfillment of Our
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Haftara of the first day
Hashana relates the story of Chana, who was
childless and came to the Sanctuary to pray. In
the merit of her prayers she was blessed with a
son - the prophet Samuel.
Chana so immersed in prayer and oblivious to her
surroundings, suspected her of being intoxicated
- not from wine, but from the very act of
Chana explained. "I am pouring out my soul
before the L-rd." Through prayer, Chana's soul
was uniting with G-d.
G-d to fulfill our needs. Our requests are
spiritual and material: We ask Him to bless us
with healthy children, long lives, and an
the day of G-d's coronation as King, as we say,
"Reign over the whole world in Your glory."
we accept G-d's sovereignty?
By nullifying ourselves in His presence. When we
are completely nullified before the King, we are
unaware of our personal desires, aware only of
being in G-d's Presence.
presents us with a
seeming contradiction. If Rosh Hashana is
characterized by an absence of self-perception,
how can we simultaneously pray for the
fulfillment of our personal requests?
Jew prays to G-d
on Rosh Hashana, his prayer is an extension of
the process of coronation. While superficially
he may be asking G-d for material blessings, his
true intention - whether consciously or
subconsciously - is the desire to spread
awareness of G-d's kingship in the world. By
praying for material blessing, the Jew is merely
asking for Divine assistance in fulfilling his
G-dly mission on earth.
unclear to Eli the priest. His contention was
that when a Jew prays there is no room for
personal requests; the awareness of being in G-d's
Presence should be so intense that it precludes
anything else. When Eli saw Chana praying for a
child, he mistakenly concluded that she had
forgotten G-d's Presence.
was Chana's reply.
Her longing for a child was not a personal
desire, but a wish to fulfill a greater mission
in life. This is evident in the vow she made,
that if G-d would bless her, the child would be
given over for a life of total service of G-d.
Chana wasn't asking G-d to fulfill her personal
request; she was praying for G-d to fulfill His
is it with us
on Rosh Hashana. Although our petitions are
personal in focus, the true essence of our
prayer is to unite with G-d.
like to take this opportunity
to wish you and your loved ones
an excellent new year 5768. May
you be inscribed in the Book of
Life, Health, Nachas and Simchas.
I sincerely hope and pray that
the New Year will be filled with
blessings, for all of us -
especially for our brothers and
sisters in Israel. May G-d pour
His blessings upon us and may we
do our part with an extra
Mitzvah, a kind word, an act of
kindness. May we merit the
coming of Moshiach speedily in
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