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A Special War Time Tefila By The Ramchal

The one and only Keil - Gird me with strength for war, bring my rivals to their knees beneath me” (Tehillim 18:40). For You are the Master of war, as it says of You, “Hashem is the Master of war (Shemos 15:3). At the time that You go out, there is no one who can stand against You, for You gird with strength, as it says about You, “Who is girded with strength” (Tehillim 65:7).

And when You want Yisroel to wage war against the sitra achra, You gird them with Your strength, for the kings from the House of Dovid who succeeded only did so due to the strength with which You bestowed them, as it says of them, “And Yehudah prevailed over his brothers” (Divrei Hayamim 5:2). When the kings were girded with this strength, the enemy who relied on their own strength falls before them, as it says of them, “A hero will not be saved with great strength” (Tehillim 33:16) Fear and trembling of Your strength befalls them, as it says, “Fear and terror should befall them” (Shemos 15:16).

For Your might provides strength to the sitra achra, a sure strength and trembling. About You it says, “He appears on the sea as a youth” (Rashi on Shemos 2:2). He is fitting and quick for war, as it says about Him, “Happy as a hero to run on course”.

But the sitra achra is an old foolish man who is incapable of being a youth of war, but at the time that You give him permission, he is strengthened and is victorious, as it says about him, “He killed a dead man” (Sanhedrin 96). At a time that You wish to strengthen with Your might, You are a sure Ruler, as it says about You, “He rules in His strength forever” (Tehillim 66:7). Master of all the words - “Yours is the arm with power” (Tehillim 89:14). You girded me with strength for war.

אל אחד יחיד ומיוחד תאזרני חיל למלחמה תכריע קמי תחתי, שאתה איש מלחמה שנאמר בך ה' איש מלחמה, ובזמן שאתה יוצא אין מי יעמוד לנגדך, שהרי אתה אוזר גבורה שנאמר עליך מלך נאזר בגבורה, וכן בזמן שאתה רוצה שישראל יעשו מלחמה נגד הס"א אתה אוזר להם גבורתך שהרי מלכי בית דוד שהצליחו, הכל בגבורתך שנתת להם, ונאמר בהם יהודה גבר באחיו, ומיד שיאזר בגבורה זאת, הס"מ שרוצה להתחזק בגבורה שלו נופל לפניהם ונאמר בהם גבור לא ינצל ברב כח שהרי נופל עליהם פחד ורעדה מגבורתך, שנאמר בהם תפול עליהם אימתה ופחד, שהרי גבור חיל שלך עושה חיל לס"א, חיל ורעדה ודאי, שהרי בך נאמר נראה על הים כבחור נאה למלחמה, מהיר, שנאמר בו ישיש כגבור לרוץ אורח, אבל הס"א הוא מלך זקן וכסיל שאינו יכול להיות בחור למלחמה אלא בזמן שאתה נותן לו רשות הוא מתחזק ונוצח שאמרו עליו גברא קטילא קטילת, ובזמן שאתה רוצה להתחזק בגבורתך אתה מושל ודאי, שנאמר בך משל בגבורתו עולם, רבון כל העולמים לך זרוע עם גבורה תאזרני חיל למלחמה

Distributed courtesy of Machon HaRamchal Yerushalayim - Under the auspicies of Rav Mordechai Chriqui

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