Tikvah , Line by Line

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    • Partners in Prayer 3 months ago

      Chazal teach us that the word Tohu, Confusion is actually a  קַו יָרוֹק, a green line that encompasses the entire world, and from which darkness emerges. Yet we use the word of קִוִּינוּ in our Amida prayer in the bracha of Mashiach; לִישׁוּעָתְךָ קִוִּינוּ כָּל הַיּוֹם. The act of לִישׁוּעָתְךָ קִוִּינוּ כָּל הַיּוֹם, to Your Salvation,  is an essential part of our avodah and part of what activates the sprouting, the flourishing of Mashiach.  How are we to understand this act?  How can we do this “act” all day? 

      What is the connection between the Kav be used to activate Mashiach and also be used to describe a קַו יָרוֹק, that encompasses the entire world, and from which darkness emerges?

      The evil that we see is set up in other words to be all encompassing, “קַו יָרוֹק, a green line that encompasses the entire world, and from which darkness emerges.”

      However, this very “darkness” can serve as fuel to reveal Hashem’s Good, His Unity in all, with using a Kav, of good to activate a world of Mashiach.  How?

      Yeshayahu Hanavi teaches us this concept of how to use a Kav.

      כִּי צַו לָצָו צַו לָצָו קַו לָקָו קַו לָקָו זְעֵיר שָׁם זְעֵיר שָׁם, For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.(Yeshayahu 28:10)

      Hashem did not activate all of creation at once even though He Willed it before creation.  It was step by step.  The Ibn Ezra teaches us that we are taught to teach Torah, line by line, not all at once. 

      When we feel overwhelmed by evil, our response needs to be focused, as a laser beam , straight to Hashem.  Narrow down what is most important. Line by Line

      Every time we daven, we have an opportunity to focus on ONE thing so we don’t get overwhelmed and lose our footing.

      I think this is what it means when we say:  לִישׁוּעָתְךָ קִוִּינוּ כָּל הַיּוֹם.

      Imagine each day as a day of Rosh Hashanah, Hayom, a day in which I can ask myself: What is most important to daven for, what is most important today to live in a world of Mashiach קַו לָקָו קַו לָקָו , a world of Tikvah.

       

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