Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Urgency of Making Our Voices Heard - Tefillas "Shema Koleinu" - Audio Shiur
Reb Yerachmiel has treated us to his third audio shiur on the topic of berchas "Shema Koleinu" in Shmoneh Esrei.
In this shiur Reb Yerachmiel poses the following basic questions on the tefillah's opening words "Shema Koleinu", which questions relate to the very nature of davening generally:
Why do we ask Hashem "Shema" ("please listen")? Certainly, our omniscient Hashem is always listening and aware (in fact, it's essentially Ani Maamin #10).
Why do we emphasize "Koleinu" ("our voice")? Isn't it sufficient just to "think" about what we need and let Hashem, the "Bochain Levavos", take it from there?
Doesn't Hashem already know exactly what we need and exactly what we want? So why the need for "bakashos" at all?
These and other questions are addressed by Reb Yerachmiel as he gleans from and learns together with us an astounding yesod written by Rav Shimshon Pincus zt"l in his renowned sefer "Shearim Be'Tfillah". This shuir is the perfect introduction not only to more deeply understanding an approach to what our "bakashos" are all about, but also explains the urgency of our increased prayers during the days of Ellul and the Yomim Noraim.
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