Monday, August 19, 2013

Prayer Concentration and Intention

“I hereby dispatch my prayer from here to the Land of Israel, from the Land of Israel to Jerusalem; 
from Jerusalem to the Temple Mount; 
from the Temple Mount to the courtyard; 
from the court-yard to the hall; 
from the hall to the sanctuary; 
from the sanctuary to the holy of holies; 
and from the holy of holies 
to the sanctuary of the sapphire pavement, 
to the very place where my patriarchs
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob prayed.”

Tractate Avot With the commentary Fruit of Life 39a.


1 comment:

YMedad said...

the first Hassidim to emigrate to Eretz-Yisrael en masse (relative to the period) was in 1777, led by R. Menahem Mendel of Vitebsk and R. Abraham of Kokyshki. And Rebbe Nachman of Braslav's visit was during that Napoleon campaign. Earlier were Abraham Gershon Kitover who traveled to Jerusalem 1747. He lived in Hebron for six years. In 1753, he moved to Jerusalem. In 1764, Menachem Mendel, the Maggid of Slutzk, Nachman of Horodenka and Fridel of Brody made Aliyah.