Section: Questions Category: Miscellaneous
TAGS:Kosel HaMaaravi shiduchim Tefilla
|Miscellaneous - Davening at Kotel for 40 Days|
|Submitted by Moshe Mordechai and Nessa Zahava Zakuto Answered by Revach Editor|
|Question: Dear Rabbis, AMUS"H
If someone wants to intensively pray for individuals to find their Zivug, and that person lives in Jerusalem and wants to pray at the Kotel, we heard that there's an Inyan to do it for 40 days straight.
Does it matter if all those times are all during either daylight or nighttime hours, or can it be done with a mixture of both methods, e.g. going every other day arriving an hour before Shkia and staying until an hour after Tait Hacochavim?
If it is inappropriate to repeatedly use the afternoon/evening methodology, if a time comes when I will need to be away from Jerusalem for a day, is it better to request that someone else substitute for me on the day I will miss, or would it be acceptable to use the afternoon/evening choice.
Thanks for your considering this question.
Have a Shavuah Tov and a Gut Winter. May we all be Zocheh to greet the Meshiach in our days in Yerushalaim Habenuyiah.
Moshe Mordechai and Nessa Zahava Zakuto
|Answer: Sholom Uvracha,|
It has been circulating recently that Rav Elyashiv dismissed the whole notion of davening 40 days at the Kosel, saying that every Tefila at the Kosel is important. Although one can never know if these reports are true, certainly it is a mistake to think that there is a magic formula to have your tefilos answered. Everybody's tefilos are different and so are the problems they are davening to have resolved. No one other than Hashem can know what it will take to have your tefilos answered, so you just need to keep on praying. Rest assure that not a single heartfelt Tefila goes to waste whether we see the outcome or not. Chazal tell us that Moshe Rabbeinu needed 515 tefilos to go into Eretz Yisroel, and we know how powerful each word of his tefila was from the famous 5 word Tefila he uttered on behalf of his sister.
What is more important is to know that a tefila should come from deep within, to be most effective. You should have complete belief that only Hashem can solve all of your problems and you need to believe that he is listening to every word and loves to hear your voice. Once you do that you are already on the right track, so don't give up no matter how long it takes.
The whole idea of 40 days is that 40 days is the amount of time for the formation of a child in the womb. It takes 40 days to recreate yourself. We find this theme continually throughout the Torah starting with the 40 days of the Mabul as well as the 40 years of wandering in the desert. (See also Noam Elimelech - Tzetel Katan) If you work on yourself and daven from the depths of your heart for forty consecutive days, you will surely be a better person than the you were when you began. The deep bitachon that will mark the change, will surely spread to other areas of your life making you more complete and make your life more satisfying, and probably resolve many problems on their own. Surely this also make a strong impression on Hashem when considering your specific requests.
So in short we are not aware of a "40 days at the Kosel rule book". But don't underestimate the power of even a single tefila at this Holy site or anywhere in the world when a Jew raises his eyes and heart heavenward to his Merciful Father.
May the Shadchan on High match up all the single people in Klal Yisroel speedily, and end their loneliness and suffering. And may they all build beautiful Yiddishe homes that bring Him great nachas.