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"ובכן תן פחדך...על כל העמים ואימתך על כל מה שבראת"
“And so...instill fear of You upon all that You have made, and dread of You upon all that You have created.”

QUESTION: On Rosh Hashanah when we are concerned with ourselves, why do we pray that the entire world should fear Hashem?

ANSWER: The Gemara (Bava Kamma 92a) says that when one prays on behalf of his friend and he too is in need of the same thing, he is answered first. Since we, and the entire world as well, need Hashem to instill His fear in us, in merit of our praying for all those that He made and created, we will be the first in whom He will instill His fear and the first to prostrate ourselves before Him with a perfect heart.

(ר' חיים זצ"ל מצאנז)


Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky has been a pulpit rabbi for over thirty years, and is author of more than ten highly acclaimed books on the Parshiot and holidays. His Parshah series, Vedibarta Bam, can be purchased here.
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Rabbi Zalman Nelson Safed, Israel May 21, 2012

harming others When we harm someone else, we need to appeal to them for forgiveness, and only then does G-d grant us forgiveness. But you can still pray for them and they for you. In fact, it's all the more powerful, that despite the inflicted pain, there is still care and concern Reply

tzippur North Bay Village, fl May 17, 2012

when one prays on behalf of his friend What happens when one causes harm to his friend? Reply

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