Section: Avodah Category: Shmoneh Esrei
|Part 22 Shmoneh Esrei: The Grand Finale - Sholom!|
|One should daven for Sholom, since "there is no kli, vessel which can contain bracha except sholom", because sholom is a precious thing. And Sholom is the complete achdus of Am Yisroel. When one prays for sholom, he should daven that there should not be any machlokes in Am Yisroel nor jealousy, hatred, and rivalry rather all of us should love each other, together and unified in complete unity, love, and friendship, and that all of Yisroel should be like one Neshama. You should have intent to fulfill "V'Ahavta L'Rei'acha Kamocha" which is the general principle of the entire torah. This should be the climax of the Tefila which includes the entire Tefila (i.e. the final bracha 'sim sholom' includes the entire Shmoneh Esrei, just like "love your fellow..." includes the entire torah).
You should daven that there should not be in you the trait of anger at all, rather to be humble to everyone. This is a great level of sholom because wherever there is anger, there is no sholom and where there is kedusha there is no anger like among the Malachim as it says "kulom ahuvim, kulom berurim, ein beinehem sina vetachrus" (they all love each other, there is no hatred or rivalry between them). Likewise below in a holy place, there is no anger and in places where there is little kedusha, the anger, which is the "merkava of sitra achra" (the carrier of evil) gains strength. According to the holiness of the place will be the diminishment of anger and the increase of love. Therefore it says "v'lemekalelay nafshi sidom"; and to those who insult me, let my soul be quiet. This is a Tefila to minimize anger and to have in its place love.
Thanks for joining us for this series on the Shmoneh Esrei. Yehi Ratzon Shekol Tefilasecha Yihiyu Mekubalim L'Ma'ala L'Tova, May all your tefilos be accepted in Shamayim for good!
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.