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Section: Daas Torah   Category: Rav Shimshon
Rav Shimshon Shares His Trade Secrets and Gives A Lesson in How To Daven

Rav Shimshon Pincus was known for his extraordinarily passionate tefillos. Indeed, the sefer that he authored on the subject (She'arim BaTefila) has become a classic.

Rav Goldenthal (Rav Shimshon's ‘boss', the pioneer of the Torah community of Ofakim, and the one who brought Rav Shimshon to the town) shared with me the story about an Avreich he was close to, who had been married some time with no children. The fellow asked Rav Shimshon to daven for him, and he promised to do so. One day, when he felt especially despondent, the Avreich went to ask Rav Shimshon if, in fact, he had remembered him in his tefillos. The Rav admitted that he had forgotten to, and thought for a minute. ‘I have an idea,' he said, ‘Call your wife, and tell her you will be home late. Then let's go for a drive.'

They got in the car, and Rav Shimshon drove a while, until they approached a peaceful orchard, which was desolate at that time of year. It was approaching evening, and Rav Shimshon told him that they would each stand under a tree and beseech Hashem for a yeshua.

As they began to daven, Rav Shimshon suddenly got into his car and began to drive. He waved at the shocked Avreich, and called out, ‘I'll pick you up in an hour.'

The fellow described his feelings to Rav Goldenthal. It was dark, and he was in a deserted place, inhabited only by animals and the occasional Bedouin wanderer. He felt a feeling of panic and dread that he had never before experienced, which only compounded g brokenness and sorrow.

Suddenly, he realized with unprecedented clarity that he was totally in the hands of Hashem, and now completely alone with Him. He began to cry to Him from the very depths of his soul, and before he knew it, Rav Shimshon drove up, a broad smile on his face. ‘You davened well...'

Nine months later he had his first child.

(A special thanks to Rav Yisroel Besser who provided us this story from his book Warmed By Their Fire Artscroll/Mesorah 2007)


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