Sunday, August 06, 2006

Daf Yomi - Tefillah for a Swift Victory

The Baal HaTurim on the passuk "U'malei chofnov" says that there is another place in Tanach where there is a similar usage of this word. In Shmuel it states "U'malei hachevel l'hachayos." This, he states, teaches us that in the merit of the service on Yom Kippur, Klal Yisroel will be zoche to be victorious in war.

In the Sefer Imrei Shammai, he explains a Gemora in Sotah according to this. Yochanan kohen gadol once heard a heavenly voice (bas kol) emanating from the Kodesh Kodoshim proclaiming victory in Antuchya. Rashi explains that there were some young kohanim who went to fight the Greeks before Yom Kippur and were still fighting on Yom Kippur. The message that he heard was in the merit of the avodah on Yom Kippur, they were victorious.

Let us be mispallel that in the z'chus of learning and delving into the Yom Kippur avodah, we too will be zoche to a speedy victory.