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Shabbat Prayers: Shabbat Mevarchim II

“A life of wealth and honor.” The honor for which we pray is not our own, but the honor of Heaven. This is a prayer that we merit to live a life in which all we do brings honor to the Creator.


This is similar to the verse, “In her left is wealth and honor (Proverbs 3:17).” The Gra explains that the verse is describing, not physical wealth, but a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. The “Honor” that Torah holds “in her left,” is the great honor of being able to perceive and comprehend the deeper and hidden meanings of all the Torah we study.

We pray in this phrase for a life of wealth in Torah wisdom that has the great honor of being a key to the discovery of the deepest secrets of God’s creation, so that we may achieve a level of living that brings constant honor to our Creator.

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