Eruvin 54 – עירובין נד

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Today’s Daf Yomi Question:

If a person is worthy, Hashem grants his desires, without him needing to ask for them.  We learn elsewhere that Tefillah is an end in itself, not merely a means of acquiring needs (there are needs in order to necessitate Tefillah) – so why is precluding the need to ask considered something advantageous?

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4 thoughts on “Eruvin 54 – עירובין נד

  1. Rashi explains here:
    זכה. אם יש לו מזל טוב תאות לבו נתת לו שבעוד שהוא מתאוה באה לו תאותו עד שלא ישאלנה: לא זכה. צריך להתמקמק ולהצטער:
    It seems from Rashi that this is not a matter of Zechus, but rather that if he is lucky he doesn’t have to ask and if not he will have to wait.

    In Maseches Taanis we find that טרם יקרא ואני אענה means that as soon as you utter the Tefilla it gets answered. But it seems that this is not the point of our Gemara.

  2. The Gemarrah says it’s important to learn aloud, to retain the learning, yet the Gemarrah in Megillah on daf 6B says Yagati Umatzasi Taamin, the Gemarrah goes on to say that it refers to understanding Torah, but when it comes to retaining Torah it’s based on Siyata Dishmaya. This seems to contradict our Gemarrah. As I was writing this, I was thinking of a possible Teretz. It could be that even though we need Siyata Dishmaya, we have to do our part to be able to retain the learning and then hopefully we will have Siyata Dishmaya to retain the learning.

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