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Taking it With You: Iyun Tefillah: U’va L’Tzion

The 4th of Nisan is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenberg, author of HaKesav Vehakabala and Iyun Tefillah (1785-1865). “Blessed is the man who trusts in God, then God will be his security (Jeremiah 17:7).” There are two essential things a person must keep in mind when considering his hopes and desires: The first is from whom he hopes to acquire this thing. The second consideration is the actual thing he desires.


When considering the first, the person must realize that he should put his trust only in the One, Who has the absolute ability to help. He should not express such hopes and desires to a limited, untrustworthy human being.

When considering the second, especially in light of the first, of Whom he is making this request, he must understand that his desires and aspirations should be focused on that which is unlimited and infinite.

This is the meaning of the verse, blessed is the man who trusts in God,” who looks only to the Alternate Source for help, and understands that because of this he trusts to receive that which is unlimited and eternal, “then God will be his security.” (Iyun Tefillah)

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