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Vayechi – Hamalach Hagoeil VII-Imrei Noam

“The will of those who fear Him He will do; and their cry He will hear, and He will save them.” (Psalms 145:19) If God fulfills the desires of those who fear Him, who do they need to cry out at all? The Talmud (Bava Kamma 92a) teaches that one who prays for another, when he needs the same thing, will be answered first. The righteous person, who fears God, will feel undeserving of praying for something for himself and only feels comfortable praying for others who he feels are more deserving than he.

God, however, Who sees deep into our hearts, knows that the righteous person is hesitant to ask for himself and why, and will therefore respond first to the needs of the righteous man.

“The will of those who fear Him He will do,” and the righteous person will experience the joy of God’s blessings and will double his efforts to pray for others so that they too can experience such joy and blessing.

This is exactly what Jacob intended when he said, “The angel who redeemed me,” if God sent an angel to me, who is so undeserving, He will surely send His angels to Ephraim and Menashe.

When should use each experience of receiving God’s blessings to pray for others. Apply to Ashrei as well.

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