Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Praying for Our Children – The Sh’lah HaKodesh

th (3)The holy Sh'lah (or Shelah) left Europe in the 17th century and made his home in Eretz Yisrael, becoming chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He is renowned for many things, but one special is a tefilah, a special prayer, he composed for parents to say for the benefit of their children.

The most auspicious time - the time Heaven is most open to this prayer - is said to be erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan.  For this year, 2014, that means Thursday, May 29.

The Sh'lah wrote, "for that is the month when G-d gave us the Torah, and when the Jewish people began to be called His Children. On that day, fathers and mothers should give charity to the poor and repent. They should even fast, if they are able to."

Religious schools throughout Israel hand out this prayer to all students to bring home to their parents this week.  Below is the prayer, in Hebrew and English...

(Provided for free download and copyright by Artscroll/Mesorah Publications.) -- FULL ENGLISH-HEBREW DOWNLOAD (PDF) here, shown below…

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Amein!  Cain Yehi Ratzon!

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