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הַל״ב מִצְוֺת הַתְלוּיוֹת בַּלֵּב | Thirty-two Mitsvot One Can Do With Consciousness Alone, by Reb Ahrele Roth (trans. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Hillel Goelman)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=21031 הַל״ב מִצְוֺת הַתְלוּיוֹת בַּלֵּב | Thirty-two Mitsvot One Can Do With Consciousness Alone, by Reb Ahrele Roth (trans. Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Hillel Goelman) 2018-08-04 21:21:56 Reb Ahrele Roth, a"h, wrote a list of 32 mitsvot whose fulfillment is completed in the brain, the heart and the mouth. (The Hebrew alphabetical equivalent of 32 is ל"ב, the letters of which spell the Hebrew word LEV for Heart.) Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Hillel Goelman Aharon Roth https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Contemplation 20th century C.E. interpretive translation Openers 57th century A.M. כוונות kavvanot English vernacular prayer devotional interpretation ḥassidut
Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

A good preparation and a bridge for the next phase of prayer, as you enter into the world of B’riyah,[1] i.e., the Shaḥarit service beginning with the blessings prededing the Shema  is Reb Ahrele Roth’s list of Mitsvot One Can Do With Consciousness Alone. Reb Ahrele Roth, a”h, wrote a list of 32 mitsvot whose fulfillment is completed in the brain, the heart and the mouth. (The Hebrew alphabetical equivalent of 32 is ל”ב, the letters of which spell the Hebrew word LEV for Heart.) –Reb Zalman

הֲרֵינִי מְזַמֵּן אֶת פִּי וּמֹחִי וְלִבִּי
לְקַיֵּם מִצְוֺת
בּוֹרְאִי וְיוֹצְרִי
יִתְבָּרַךְ שְׁמוֹ,
מֵהַמִּצְוֺת הַתְלֻיּוֹת בַּמֹּחַ בַּלֵּב וּבַפֶּה.
O my Creator!
May your Name be praised
With my mouth, brain and heart prepared,
I am ready to fulfill your mitsvot.
You who shape me.
לְהַאֲמִין בֶּאֱמוּנַת הַשֵּׁם.
1. Faith I place in you.[2] Exodus 20:2 
לְהַאֲמִין בְּאַחְדוּת הַשֵּׁם.
2. Oneness I affirm in you.[3] Deuteronomy 6:4 
לִזְכֹּר הַשֵּׁם.
3. I am mindful of you.[4] Deuteronomy 8:18 
לְהִתְבּוֹנֵן בִּגְדֻלַּת הַשֵּׁם.
לְהִתְבּוֹנֵן בְּשִׁפְלוּת עַצְמוֹ.
4. I focus on your vast Greatness,[5] Deuteronomy 4:39, Isaiah 40:26 
5. and focus on my insignificance.[6] Avot 3:41, Numbers 12:3, Psalms 15:4 
לָשׁוּב לְהַשֵּׁם.
לֵיבּוֹשׁ מֵהַשֵּׁם.
6. Thus do I turn back to you in teshuvah,[7] Deuteronomy 30:2, Deuteronomy 30:8 
7. and am bashful in your Presence.[8] Ezekiel 16:63 
לִירֹא מֵהַשֵּׁם.
לֶאֱהוֹב הַשֵּׁם.
8. I am awed by you,[9] Deuteronomy 10:20, Leviticus 19:14 
9. and love you.[10] Deuteronomy 6:5 
לְקַבֵּל עוֹל מִצְוֺת הַשֵּׁם.
לִשְׂמֹחַ בַּשֵּׁם.
לִבְטֹחַ בַּשֵּׁם.
10. I accept the authority of your mitsvot,[11] Deuteronomy 11:13 
11. find my joy in you,[12] Psalms 100:2, Psalms 149:2 
12. and place my trust in you.[13] Deuteronomy 18:13, Psalms 115:10-11, Psalms 37:3 
לְבַטֵל אֶת כׇּל הַמַּחֲשָׁבוֹת הַפְּסוּלוֹת הָעוֹלוֹת בַּלֵּב.
וְהוּא בִּכְלָל אִבּוּד עֲבוֹדָה זָרָה ומְשַׁמְּשֶׁיהָ.
13. I deny all false gods and those in their service;
I reject unfit thoughts that rise in my heart.[14] Deuteronomy 12:2-3 
לְזְכּוֹר וּלְהוֹדוֹת חַסְדֵּי הַשֵּׁם.
לִמְסֹר נַפְשׁוֹ לְהַשֵּׁם.
14. I give you my thanks,[15] Deuteronomy 8:2 
15. and aim to hold you sacred.[16] Leviticus 22:32 
לְזְכּוֹר אֶת יְרוּשָׁלַיִם.
לְצַפּוֹת לִישׁוּעַת הַשֵּׁם
וֶאֱמוּנַת הַגְּאֻלָּה.
16. I remember Yerushalayim,[17] Psalms 137:5. 
Your House of Prayer for all peoples,[18] Cf. Isaiah 56:7. 
17. and look out to you,
to redeem us and free our souls.[19] Ḥabakuk 2:3 
לִמְחֹק אֶת עֲמָלֵק.
לֶאֱהֹב כׇּל בַּר יִשְׂרָאֵל.
לִדָּבֵק בְּהַשֵּׁם.
לָלֶכֶת בְּדַרְכֵי הַשֵּׁם.
18. Amaleq, I will blot out,[20] Deuteronomy 25:19 
19. by loving my neighbor as myself,[21] Leviticus 19:18 
20. and adhering to you, in devekut,[22] Deuteronomy 11:22 
21. walking in your ways.[23] Deuteronomy 28:9 
לִהְיוֹת כִּסֵּא
וּמִשְׁכַּן לְהַשֵּׁם.
22. Thus, will I make in me a Holy Space
for you to be at home in.[24] Leviticus 26:11, Exodus 25:8 
לְהִשְׁתּוֹקֵק לִדְבֵקוּת וְאַהֲבַת הַשֵּׁם.
בַּעֲבוֹדַת הַשֵּׁם.
23. I long for your intimacy and love,[25] Psalms 63:2, Psalms 27:4 
24. and am energized to find you
empowering my heart.[26] Deuteronomy 31:23 
לְהַצְדִּיק מַעֲשֵׂי הַשֵּׁם.
יְצִיאַת מִצְרַיִם.
25. I affirm that your actions are just,[27] Deuteronomy 8:5 
26. and am mindful that
You redeem us from Mitsrayim.[28] Deuteronomy 16:3 
שֶׁלֹּא לְהַעֲלוֹת
בַּלֵּב שׁוּם
מַחֲשָׁבָה שֶׁהִיא נֶגֶד הָאֱמוּנָה
וַעֲבוֹדַת הַשֵּׁם
וֶאֱמוּנָת תּוֹרָתוֹ הַקְדוֹשָׁה, חַס וְשָׁלוֹם.
27. Therefore,
I will not welcome
in my awareness,
thought that opposes faith
in your/our service
and in your Torah.[29] Exodus 20:3 
שֶׁלֹּא לְהִתְגָּאוֹת.
28. I will not yield to pride.[30] Deuteronomy 8:14 
שֶׁלֹּא לִשְׁנוֹא שׁוּם
בַּר יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּלֵּב.
שֶׁלֹּא לִהְיוֹת
שֶׁלֹּא לִשְׁכֹּחַ
מַה שֶּׁהִקְצִיף לְהַשֵּׁם.
29. I will not hate any fellow
Godwrestler in my heart,[31] Leviticus 19:17 
30. and I will give up
all vindictiveness,
not consider my self flawless,[32] Deuteronomy 8:4 
31. but remember that I caused you
displeasure.[33] Deuteronomy 8:7, Psalms 51:5 
שֶׁלֹּא לִשְׁכֹּחַ
32. With all these,
I intend not to forget
Your presence in my life.[34] Deuteronomy 8:11 
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְפָנֶיךָ
אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָּׁמַיִם,
שֶׁבִזְכוּת וְכֹחַ
אֵלּוּ הַמִצְוֺת
כֹּחָם שֶׁל מִצְוֺת אֵלּוּ
בּשָׁרְשָׁם הָעֶלְיוֹנָה,
לְהַמְשִׁיךְ עָלַי
אוֹר קְדֻשָּׁה הָעֶלְיוֹנָה,
לִשְׁמֹר אֶת מַחְשְבוֹתַי
קוֹלִי וְדִבּוּרַי
מִכׇּל פְּגָם
וְזֻהֲמָא וְסִיג וּפְסֹלֶת.
Thus, may you be pleased,
O Supernal Parent,
That by the merit and the power
Of my making mention
of these mitsvot,
With my mouth,
There be stimulated
The energy of these mitsvot,
In their supernal root,
To draw down to me,
That High Holy flow
That will shield my thoughts,
My voice and my words,
From all damage,
All taint, all dross and dirt.
וְיוּמְשַׁךְ עָלַי שֶׁפַע
מַחְשְׁבוֹתַי וְלִבִּי
קוֹלִי וְדִבּוּרַי,
שֶּׁיִּהְיוּ כֻלָּם מְשֻׁעְבָּדִים לַעֲבוֹדָתוֹ
יִתְבָּרַךְ שְׁמוֹ,
עַד שֶׁאֶזְכֶּה
בִּדְבֵקוּת וְאַהֲבַת שְׁמוֹ יִתְבָּרַךְ,
וּלְהַגִּיעַ לְקִיּוּם
מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה
”וּלְדָבְקָה בוֹ“.
And there be drawn to me a flow
That will make pure
My thoughts and heart,
My voice and words.
May all of them be surrendered
To you, Praised One,
To the end that I may merit
To be connected to you,
In devekut, and love.
And to attain the fulfillment
Of your mitsvah
To cleave to you.
לִהְיוֹת כִּסֵּא
לִשְׁכִינַת כְּבוֹדוֹ יִתְבָּרַךְ שְׁמוֹ,
Thus will I be privileged
To be an instrument of your will,
A vehicle for the
Blessed Shekhinah of your Glory.
וְלֹא יֶחְשַׁךְ וְלֹא יִכְבֶּה
אוֹר כֹּחַ נִשְׁמָתִי
וְנִיצוֹץ אֱלֺהֵי
מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם,
כֵּן יְהִי רָצוֹן.
Thus will the light in my soul
Not darken,
Nor will your Divine spark
Be extinguished in me,
From now on and forever.
May this be your will.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included this derivation of Reb Aharon (Ahrele) Roth’s 32 mitsvot one can do in one’s consciousness alone in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). Reb Zalman collaborated on this translation together with Rabbi Dr. Hillel Goelman, which was published in Ahron’s Heart: The Prayers, Teachings and Letters of Ahrele Roth, a Hasidic Reformer (Ben Yehuda Press 2013). The translation of the list was made from מאמר עבודה שבלב which may be purchased directly from the Yeshivah Toldos Aharon, (35 Rehov Shivtei Yisrael Jerusalem, 02-5381230). My transcription of the prayer is from the latter. The transcription of the list I made above is from that which was published in סדור נתיב עבודת התפלה חלק ב (Beit Shemesh, 5768 [2007/2008]). I have replaced anglicizations and removed capitalizations of divine pronouns. –Aharon Varady



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1 i.e., the Shaḥarit service beginning with the blessings prededing the Shema
2 Exodus 20:2
3 Deuteronomy 6:4
4 Deuteronomy 8:18
5 Deuteronomy 4:39, Isaiah 40:26
6 Avot 3:41, Numbers 12:3, Psalms 15:4
7 Deuteronomy 30:2, Deuteronomy 30:8
8 Ezekiel 16:63
9 Deuteronomy 10:20, Leviticus 19:14
10 Deuteronomy 6:5
11 Deuteronomy 11:13
12 Psalms 100:2, Psalms 149:2
13 Deuteronomy 18:13, Psalms 115:10-11, Psalms 37:3
14 Deuteronomy 12:2-3
15 Deuteronomy 8:2
16 Leviticus 22:32
17 Psalms 137:5.
18 Cf. Isaiah 56:7.
19 Ḥabakuk 2:3
20 Deuteronomy 25:19
21 Leviticus 19:18
22 Deuteronomy 11:22
23 Deuteronomy 28:9
24 Leviticus 26:11, Exodus 25:8
25 Psalms 63:2, Psalms 27:4
26 Deuteronomy 31:23
27 Deuteronomy 8:5
28 Deuteronomy 16:3
29 Exodus 20:3
30 Deuteronomy 8:14
31 Leviticus 19:17
32 Deuteronomy 8:4
33 Deuteronomy 8:7, Psalms 51:5
34 Deuteronomy 8:11

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