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Cheshvan 25

May we have life in which God fulfills our hearts' desires for good (Siddur).

The followers of Rabbi Uri of Strelisk were all poor. When another Chassidic master visited him, he asked Rabbi Uri why he did not pray that his congregants become more prosperous.

Rabbi Uri called in a follower whose shabby clothing attested to his poverty. He said to him, "Now is a special moment of grace, and you will be granted anything your heart desires. Ask for whatever you wish."

Without a moment's hesitancy, the man said, "I wish to be able to say Baruch She'amar (the opening prayer of the morning service) with the same fervor as the Rabbi does."

Rabbi Uri turned to his friend. "You see now for yourself!" he said. "They do not want riches. Why should I intercede to get them something they do not want?"

We ask God for many things, but most importantly, we should pray that He enlighten us what it is that we should pray for, lest we waste our prayers by asking for things that are not to our ultimate advantage and fail to ask for what is really essential.

Today I shall...

try to think about what it is that I really need and that is in my best interest, instead of focusing on things that may seem desirable but are really inconsequential.

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May 21, 2009

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