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Morning Blessings: Chidah

The 11th of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Chaim Yosef Dovid (Raphael Yitzchok Zerachia) Azulai, (the Chida),  (1724-1806). Arguably the Sephardic equivalent to the Vilna Gaon, the Chida, was  born in Jerusalem. At the age of 18, he learned under Rav Chaim ben Atar (the Ohr Hachaim), and he later learned under the Rashash. His works include a


collection of responsa known as Yoseif Ometz, the Shem HaGedolim (a biographical

work on 1300 authors and 1200 writings, dating back to the Gaonim), and many

others. He passed away in Livorno, Italy.

“Who clothes the naked.” “Who gives strength to the weary.” There are some souls that are “naked,” of merit, and God, clothes it; “Who clothes the naked.” There are other souls that are exhausted from life’s struggles and God, “Gives strength to the weary.” (Yosef Tehillot 35)

A person should focus on the blessing he feels is mots necessary for his soul each day.

There are deep secrets in the blessing; “Who gives strength to the weary,” taught by the Ari ha-Kadosh, and one who recites this blessing relying on the Ari’s wisdom, even though he does not understand, will accomplish great things for his soul. (Responsa Tuv Ayin, End of #7)

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