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The Preventive Medicine Of Tefilla
We say at a Bris ואמר לך בדמיך חיי ואמר לך בדמיך חיי; in your blood you shall live. We know that there are many
sick people that need more blood. So, we say this Pasuk at a Bris meaning that
in the merit of this blood, this baby should have a healthy life where he
doesn’t need a blood transfusion. In this way, we can explain בדמיך חיי- that the baby should live with his own blood his entire life
and not need the blood of others.
In Birchas Hamazon we say ונא אל תצריכנו ה' אלה-ינו לא לידי מתנת בשר ודם; please make us
not needful, Hashem, of the gifts of human hands. This can also be understood
as a gift of בשר meaning transplants from others, and דם as referring to receiving blood from others.כי אם לידך המלאה הפתוחה הקדושה והרחבה; only of Your hand that is full, open,
holy and generous.
After we use the bathroom we
say the Bracha of אשר יצר while
when we daven Shemoneh Esrei we recite the Bracha of רפאנו. What is the difference between these two? R’ Shimshon
Pincus explains that the Bracha of רפאנו is for one to be healed after becoming
sick, as is implicit from this Bracha. This is in contrast to the Bracha of אשר יצר which is to prevent one from becoming sick
to begin with.
R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various
websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of
Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate
about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
אוצר פלאות התורה, Bamidbar, pg 450. When R’ Yechezkel Abramsky
was told about a person that needed a blood transfusion, he related that when
he says in Birchas Hamazonונא אל
תצריכנו ה' אלה-ינו לא לידי מתנת בשר ודם, he has
in mind that he should never need a blood transfusion. When his students asked
him if this is the meaning of these words, he replied that when one says the
Tefillos and Brachos that Chazal instituted, he can intend in the words any
Tefilla he desires.
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