Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kavei El HaShem

"The verse states, 'Hope to Hashem, strengthen yourself, and He will give you courage, and hope to Hashem.' (Tehillim 27:14). Why is "hope to Hashem" repeated? Because our initial hopes may be those that emanate from our physical selves rather than from our neshamah. The psalmist tells us that after we hope and pray to Hashem, we should strengthen ourselves to overcome our physical desires, so that we can then hope for what we really need:spiritual achievements."

- Rabbi Abraham Twerski,
excerpt from his answer to the question,
"What does one hope for at 80?"
(Gevurah: My Life, Our World, and
the Adventure of Reaching 80, pg. 273)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Rav Kook writes that the second kavei is because after davening we have been transformed and thus might be deserving whereas before we were not. At least, that's the way I remember it. It in Ein Ayah on Brachos.

- Pesach

February 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

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