Thirteen Intentions of Faith Taught at the Beit HaMidrash of Elat Chayyim, by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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Each one who aligns oneself every day with these principles of the faith and lives according to them can be assured that s/he will have a role in the World to Come for us and for all the peoples on the entire world soon:

א
1
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
in the G‑d who is infinite
and the blessed light that issues from that Infinite Source,
who is beyond time and space, yet
who longs to have a dwelling place among those in the worlds here below;
and who, out of loving beneficence to Her creatures,
contracted Her light and Her radiant glory,
in order to emanate,
to create,
to form,
and to effectuate
all that exists in the universe.

ב
2
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
in the Oneness of G‑d and of all creation,
a oneness of the kind of One that has no second;
and that all which exists in the universe
exists solely according to the will of that G‑d,
who constantly calls everything into being –
who causes all existence at every moment.

ג
3
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that the Creator has an intent and a purpose in creation,
and that one of the aspects of that purpose is so that
He shall become known to us by and through it;
and that we, creatures have a task
to broaden and enlarge that knowledge / awareness
until the world will be as filled with knowledge of G‑d
as the waters cover the sea.

ד
4
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that the hoped-for goal is that
all of us will come to constitute
one
united
interconnected
and organic whole
and that every living being will know that
You are the One who constantly causes its existence.

ה
5
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that all the pathways through which
the Holy Spirit is manifest and revealed
are of one piece with the Torah that was given at Sinai.

ו
6
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
in the mission of Judaism,
which is one of the vital organs
of the collective being that comprises all existence,
and that through G‑d’s compassion on all creatures,
it is revealed to them also
how indispensable and integral they are
to the health of all the species of the planet.

ז
7
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that the universe is not ownerless and abandoned,
and that every one who does good with his/her life
takes part in the fixing on the world
and that every one who uses his/her life for evil
participates in the destruction of the world; 
and that every action has an impact on the rest of existence.

ח
8
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that the amount of good in the world
is greater than the amount of evil,
and that the entire order of movement through the chain of evolution
is designed to bring about the fulfillment of the Divine intention.

ט
9
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that the deeds of the fathers and mothers
accrue to the benefit of the children,
and that the tradition that is passed on
contains within it
the seeds of the light of redemption.

י
10
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that our prayers are heard and answered.

יא
11
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that the Holy Shechinah dwells within our midst
and that all who show kindness to living creatures
show kindness too to the Sh’khinnah,
and vice versa.

יב
12
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
that physical death does not terminate the existence of the soul;
rather,
that there are innumerable worlds,
within which they return to live again.

יג
13
May it be the Divine will that I believe with perfect faith
in Tikkun HaOlam,
that the world can be repaired and healed
and that it is becoming alive;
and that besides coming to life,
the world will come to possess a consciousness and feeling,
and as such will become a fitting vessel
for a fuller revelation of the Divine will.

This list of thirteen supplications for emunah (faith) was included by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009) under the heading, “The Teaching of the Beit Ha Midrash at Elat Chayyim.” Sentence parsing by Aharon Varady.

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