According to the Midrash, after the incident at the waters of Merivah (Sh’mos 17: 1-7), Hashem made a vow restricting Moshe Rabbeinu from entering Eretz Yisrael. From the moment Moshe learned about the decree, he never stopped davening that it be overturned. Not only did he do this daily, but whenever a new eis ratzon presented itself (such as following the conquest of Sichon and Og), he used the opportunity to pray once more.

Moshe’s prayers were so powerful and effective that Hashem had to actually step in and stop his supplications (D’varim 3:26). Chazal tell us that had Moshe davened one more t’filah, he would have been successful in getting his request. He would have been able to “force” Hashem’s Hand, so to speak, to annul the negative decree. Since Moshe’s arrival in Eretz Yisrael would have ushered in Mashiach, and the world wasn’t ready for that yet, Hashem had to intervene.

This teaches us a very powerful idea about t’filah. By including this episode in the Torah, Hashem is telling us that through t’filah we have the ability to change our mazal and even abolish a negative decree that will personally affect us.

What this means for us, in a practical sense, is that we should use every opportunity presented to us to daven for siyata diShmaya in the areas of our lives where we are struggling the most. This includes formal davening from a siddur and when we are saying T’hilim. It means beseeching Hashem at a bris milah, at the chupah of a wedding, at a l’vayah, at a kever, during the yahrzeit if a tzadik, while completing any mitzvah, such as taking challah, giving tz’dakah, or honoring our parents. It also means making spontaneous t’filos in our own words to Hashem as we go about our day.

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List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)


Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Yossi Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Aviel ben Ktziyah Batyah

Eliyahu ben Sophia

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Nissim ben Devorah

Ezra ben Farida

Yossi ben Vardit

Yaakov ben Mazal

Nissan ben Yael

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Moshe ben Rachel

Gavriel ben Imo-Shalom

Marik ben Tamara

Yitzchak ben Chanom Chanah

Yosef ben Leah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Shalom Baruch ben Malkah Freida

Ilay Eliezer ben Rivah Rivkah

Misha Moshe ben Tamara

Meir Yaakov ben Esther

Shlomo Hartzel ben Eka

Chaim Zanvil ben Sarah Dinah

Reuven HaKohen ben Golda

Amram ben Perla

Arkady Avraham ben Mazal

Itai ben Ahuvah

Eliyahu ben Rachel


Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Malkah bas Reicha Shifrah

Adele bas Adi

Evon bas Sally

Karen bas Rachel

Chavah bas Sarah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Tovah Chanah bas Sarah Devorah

Rachel bas Edith

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

Gittel bas Malkah

Mira Gitta bas Beila Mariasha

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