Section:  Avodah   Category: Shmoneh Esrei
Part 9 Shmoneh Esrei: R'ei Na - Thanks For Letting Us Survive the Day

During the bracha of R'ei Na, one should daven for the geula (redemption) of Yisroel. Your kavana for the geula should not be in order that we should be 'sarim' (princes) and the 'important' people of the land, that all the goodness of the land will be for us, as in truth it will be so. Because what benefit is to man in all the temporary goodness. One night he has and the next he loses. Rather all your kavana should be to reach 'shlemus' (spiritual perfection). But chiefly for His great and holy Name which is called on us, that it should not be desecrated among the goyim. And this is our main simcha in the geula, that the goyim should know that they inherited 'sheker' (falsehood), and that Hashem alone is King over all the world, and the Hashem of Yisroel is truth forever. And this is the meaning of "v'gealenu mehera lema'an shimecha."

One should daven even though we are not worthy of the geula, HaKadosh Baruch Hu, has it in His power to work outside the natural order, because for HaKadosh Baruch Hu, there is no difference between nature and miracle. But everything is according to 'din' (justice). Because the natural order comes from 'din'. Therefore when HaKadosh Baruch Hu acts according to the 'din', this is according to the natural order. But when He acts outside the 'din', this is outside the natural order. HaKadosh Baruch Hu in His great mercy breaks the natural order and acts outsides the strict din. Therefore at the sea (yam suf) he appeared as a mighty warrior. Because the Jews were not worthy of that miracle and He for His great name performed a miracle outside the strict justice, which is outside the natural order and therefore appeared as a mighty warrior. Therefore, we daven that He act with us in His might and His strong hand and perform a miracle outside the natural order and the strict justice. This is the meaning of 'ki goel chazak ata'.

One should have in mind that there is a geula (redemption) every day, and HaKadosh Baruch Hu hears the Tefilas of Israel, especially the Tefilas of rabim (minyan of Jews) which is not ignored. "Every day they stand on us to destroy us and HaKadosh Baruch Hu saves us from their hands". This is the geula which is done every day. Therefore (the Anshei Knessess HaGedola when making the Tefila) chose the words 'goel Yisroel', which is in present tense, because every day, the Redeemer redeems and saves. Therefore one should have in mind when standing in Tefila that 'it is a difficult time for Yaakov' (the Jewish people), and many wage war against us to destroy and annihilate the remnants of Yaakov chas vshlom. We are constantly separate from death by a mere footstep. And when one sees the day end and the will of the enemies of Israel has not been fulfilled, 'Yisroel should rejoice in its Maker' because Hashem listened to our Tefilas.

This is a short, practical version of Ya'aros Devash 1:1 which Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe zt"l condensed in Alei Shur pg.123. The original contains all kinds of fascinating mystical insights. The interested reader is referred to Ya'aros Devash 1:1, starting about half-way through.