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The Time To Ask

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 11/3/2020

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The Time To Ask

When things are going well, we should take advantage of the opportunity to ask Hashem for more. This is just as the Gemara says הואיל ועת רצון..., since it is a time of Divine favor, let us also daven for…[1] We can compare this to a wealthy man or one with power that is in a good mood, as that is the time to ask. 


We see this by Moshe where he requests הראני נא את כבודך, please show me Your glory, as once Moshe saw it was a time of favorable disposition and that his words were accepted, he went on to request that the vision of His glory be shown to him.[2] For this reason, we say the הרחמן’s—Tefillos for Hashem’s compassion—after the four Brachos of Birchas Hamazon, as it is a favorable time.
Rabbi 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. Rabbi 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.

[1] Yoma 69b. The Gemara there relates that the Men of the Great Assembly said since it is a time of Divine favor as Hashem granted our request to remove the urge of idolatry, let us also daven for the evil inclination for immorality to be subdued before us. After they davened, that too was delivered into their hands. 

[2] Shemos 33:18, Rashi.

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