Your year 5780 is already sketched out in detail: whether you will see success at work, and to what extent, how many times you will visit doctors, whether the news you will hear is good news, and what changes will take place in your family, your personality, your health, your parnassah, shalom bayis…
So many critical details, small and large, are hanging in the balance. Life itself is hanging, and waiting for the decree to be announced!
And you are just looking for a meilitz yosher. Waiting with bated breath for this brochure to come and tell you the news that this year, too, the sheluchim tzaddikim of Vaad Harabbanim will daven for you at the Kosel Hamaaravi.
You need this unique Tefilah. You need to take advantage of the forty days of Rachamim and Selichos to the max. You need gates to be ripped open for you!
Elul is a little scary but also quite encouraging.
Elul reminds us that nothing is “ours.” Nothing “belongs” to us. Not life, not money and not even our children. Neither our sanity nor our ability to function. It is shocking to think about.
On the other hand, these are the days of Rachamim and Selichos. Hashem draws close to us. The King leaves the palace in the royal capital to visit all the little faraway places out in the countryside. He calls out to us: Come back, come back, dear children!
If we would really feel how powerful these days are, we would put everything aside, we would leave work, drop the daily grind, and devote ourselves to tefilah (and other forms of avodas Hashem) all day and night. We would plead and beg for the privilege to continue living, and for everything else.
The non-stop Tefilah of Vaad Harabbanim at the Kosel Hamaaravi is the absolute minimum for these days. The Tefilah of Vaad Harabbanim, which is Tefilas Rabim combined with the biggest tzedakah in the world, has a unique power to move very big things! This Tefilah sweetens up the Divine decree, cancels harsh judgements, pulls down a plentiful flow of Divine mercy for year 5780, which is on the way.
The power of forty days of tefilah was established thousands of years ago among the Jewish people, when Moshe Rabbeinu ascended to heaven to beg for forgiveness after Cheit Ha’eigel.
There was a Divine decree of annihilation hanging over the Jewish people, and Moshe Rabbeinu davened countless tefilos, day after day, week after week, until on the fortieth day, Hashem answered him:
During these forty days, when the heavens are open to receive prayers, our emissaries will come and plead for us at the Kosel Hamaaravi, the place the Shechinah never left. Their tefilos will ascend, at the gate of Heaven, with tears and sighs and kavanos.
Forty consecutive days. At the wee hours of the night when the Kosel plaza is empty, in the busy mornings when we are rushing to get out of the house, the emissaries are constantly davening for us. At noontime under the burning sun, on Shabbos, on the two days of Rosh Hashanah…
During the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, when we hurry to selichos and the sound of the shofar saws into our heart. On Erev Yom Kippur, at Kol Nidrei. All night and day of Yom Kippur, during the long Mussaf, at the eis ratzon of Minchah, at Ne’ilah…
The emissaries are pleading at the gate of Heaven without stopping for a moment.
And afterward, in the second cycle: the busy days between Yom Kippur and Sukkos, on Yom Tov, during Chol Hamoed, and Hoshana Rabba when the piska of the Divine judgement is sent to go into effect…
Sefer Tehillim is finished, and immediately is started again. One emissary recites it, and the other one reads out the names of the donors.
But it’s not just at the Kosel Hamaaravi, and not just by Vaad Harabbanim’s pious and learned emissaries.
During the forty days of Rachamim and Selichos, the Gedolei Hador themselves will go out to plead for us at the Mekomos Hakedoshim. They will daven by Rachel Imeinu, who knows how to shed tears for her children. At R. Shimon bar Yochai, who can be relied on in a difficult situation. At R. Yehudah bar Ilai, with a special segulah for parnassah, and at the Shelah Hakadosh, to daven for our children.
It’s just too critical. You can’t miss out.
You are there, you are a line on the list of Vaad Harabbanim’s donors. You and your mother’s name, and the name of your wife and her mother, and the names of your children…
You are there, a Jew among the donors to Vaad Harabbanim. You are in.
May we merit a Shanah Tovah.