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Pray for Others First

The secret to getting your prayer answered.

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Visitor Comments: 11

(8) Yaakov Ben-Shmuel, November 29, 2015 5:26 PM

I really appreciate your presentation on chazal's

''seula'' to have your prayers answered. I never did have the

correct pshat. My understanding was like the one you disapproved.

But I truly relate to your explanation/understanding.

Just 1 point to clarify.

What should the reason be that I still should pray

for myself first, rather than praying for my

fellow Jew 1st? Thank you for all your excellent avodah.

By the way 1 other idea I truly related to was with your

video on donating your kidney. The ending was truly

educational and inspiring.

Yaakov Ben Shmuel

(7) Howard Sanshuck, November 12, 2015 4:31 AM

Prayers For Others

Even though I mostly go to an Orthodox Synagogue for Shabbat, I don't keep the mitzvoth or follow all the rules for Shabbat. Before the age of 60 years I had never been inside an Orthodox Synagogue except one time in the late 1940(s) as a young child when my parents went inside one so that I believe my father could say Kaddish for his father who had just died. They must have created a stir inside there because they sat together! Today at age 70, I do believe that there is a god and he is a divine being without whom there would be no universe. And I pray to him! I pray for others whom I have harmed and I ask him NOT to forgive me but to help them if they are still alive, or grant them a place in heaven and forgive any sins they may have done while alive since I harmed them. Not that I want anything from God, though I am thankful whenever he sees fit to help me in some way. I have been the recipient of small miracles from god. Once I randomly took a book off of a shelf in the Synagogue and opened it randomly and it answered a question about a parsha that I had. I've had many times received the grace of god. I hope that I can live many many more years in good health and use my time and energy to help others and have a pleasant life too.

(6) Anonymous, November 12, 2015 12:12 AM


the Talmud doesn't say that you should find another person to do this with. it just says that if a person prays for someone else then he's answered first.

(5) Anonymous, November 11, 2015 6:36 PM

I do my best to pray for others but as i was listening to what you were saying i wouldn't want the other person to wait for their prayer to be heard and answered in a positive way i to my best of my ability want their prayer and need answered before me unless we can be snswered both together same time. How does one not feel selfish or guilty when in the back of my mind sometimes whether it was my intention or not i cant describe this well but if i know in the back of my mind(not my intention or it comes in later )that my prayer comes first if i pray for someone else.Arent i supposed to pray for someone with out thinking about me and how ill be answerd. i wish i could write more. You said at the end may our prayers be anawered soon i. PLEASE PRAY(DAVEN)
for RIVKAH MINA BAS ZELDA DEVORAH shes about 52 and i found out tuesday morning that she had a stroke and not breathing byherself and half paralyzed not awake please pray for a complete recovery and that she go back to living a normal life full of happiness and healthwith her son and husband. please pass her name around she is in critical condition. Today is my birtday so im trying to enjoy my day but feel guilty doing nothing how does one feel productive and fullfilled. May everyone in Israel and whole of klal Yisrael should have peace and be safe and to get along with each other

Anonymous, November 12, 2015 4:11 PM

It's okay

if your intention of praying for the other person is to get your prayer answered first. Of course! We're only human. But it still works. Because the fact is, you still prayed for the other person.
In general, Rabbi Avigdor Miller teaches, that this world is temporary and at the end, we all go on a "journey" to the world to come. The purpose of this world is to "pack a suitcase" full of mitzvot to take with us on our journey.
I know someone who once told Rabbi Miller that she made a tzedaka party in her house but that the mitzvah "stank"; she was doing it to show off her house and that she's so great. Rabbi Miller told her: "Don't think about why you did a mitzvah. We're all going on a journey. Just pack and pack and pack your suitcase. Just keep doing mitzvot. Don't drive yourself crazy by examining your intentions. Just keep packing."

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