A PROTECTIVE SACRED CONTAINER

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    • Leah Landau 1 month ago

      A PROTECTIVE SACRED CONTAINER

      I had a thought about Shmonei Esrei yesterday.
      When we say ברוך אתה ה’
      – the flow of Hashem’s blessing on us, TOP DOWN

      אלוקינו, –
      My God, and empowerer/ my worthiness and flow of חלק אלוקי ממעל
      ME IN THE CENTER

      ואלוקי אבותינו-
      ZECHUS AVOS BEHIND US

      אלוקי אברהם – חסד-
      TO THE RIGHT OF ME

      אלוקי יצחק-גבורה
      TO THE LEFT OF ME

      אלוקי יעקב-תפארת
      IN FRONT OF ME,

      It ends up being like a protective container all around me that I can remain in throughout Shmonei Esrei.
      And the finishing brocha of
      מגן אברהם
      Is the Chesed of Hashem that can stay present throughout the time that I stay in this container and daven.

      Yesterday at Shmonei Esrei my mind sadly wandered off for moments , thinking about a person.  I then felt this deep insight that standing before Hashem and thinking of a person while saying the words may very well be avoda Zora רח”ל.
      So I then thought of the beginning of Shmonei Esrei and saw it as a protective container.
      I thought of using it as a kavana to have in mind throughout Shmonei Esrei as in seeing myself stay in that container,  so I remember who I’m standing for.

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