https://opensiddur.org/?p=18441 הֲרֵינִי מְקַבֵּל עָלַי | A kavvanah to love your fellow as yourself, before prayer 2017-12-20 12:59:16 The custom of reciting this intention is attributed to Rav Yitzḥak Luria, circa 16th century, on Leviticus 19:18, recorded in Minhagei ha-Arizal–Petura d’Abba, p.3b by R’ Ḥayyim Vital. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Yitsḥak Luria https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Birkhot haShaḥar National Brotherhood Week Davvening love Openers כוונות kavvanot 16th century C.E. 54th century A.M. school of the ARI z"l Leviticus 19 fellowship love your fellow as yourself
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נכון לומר קודם התפלה (דשחרית):
It is proper to say before morning prayers:
הֲרֵינִי מְקַבֵּל עָלַי מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ.
I hereby take upon myself the mitsvah, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Leviticus 19:18
לאחרי התפלה יאמר:
It is proper to say after prayer:
אַךְ צַדִּיקִים יוֹדוּ לִשְׁמֶךָ יֵשְׁבוּ יְשָׁרִים אֶת פָּנֶיךָ.
Indeed, the righteous will extol Your Name; the upright will dwell in Your presence. Psalms 140:14
Rav Yitsḥak Luria, circa 16th century, on Leviticus 19:18, recorded in Minhagei ha-ARI z”l Petura d’Abba, p.3b by R’ Ḥayyim Vital:
Before one arranges their prayers in the synagogue…
they should take upon themselves the mitsvah to love one’s neighbor as one’s self,
and direct themselves to love all of the children of Yisra’el as if each were one’s own soul.
Through this, one’s prayer is raised up to be included amongst all the prayers of Yisra’el
and [the prayer] can raise up to the heights where it can bear fruit.
And specifically [this is like] loving friends who study Torah together.
Each and every one of us needs to include ourselves as if we were but one limb from the body of friendship …
and if any of one’s friends are in trouble then we all need to share the sorrow together.
Many thanks for R’ Tyson Herberger’s help with this translation. Please comment to improve upon it.
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