It is up to us. All We Want is You, Hashem. Please Help Us!
(A dynamic prayer is at the bottom of this article, which introduces the various Torah concepts to help us pray meaningfully with full hearts)
What does it mean to unify our soul and to cling to Hashem?
What if the only real task we have in this world is to protect and guard our soul from being drawn down by the downward pulls of the world? And what if doing so means that we are making an effort to be like Hashem in lieu of our natural responses?
What if the design of the way a child is born and matures guarantees that a part of our soul is involved with the downward pulls and that the task of guarding our soul requires that our first step is to ask Hashem to rescue our soul from the downward pulls and then to help us guard it?
Do we see the elevated consciousness and the total emunah and bitachon involved?
What if the part we ask Hashem to rescue from the downward pulls is, in fact, the very strength we need to guard our soul from the downward pulls as well as the strength through which our tzelem elokim – our compassion that reflects Hashem’s compassion – becomes enabled to be expressed in the material and physical world, with help from Hashem?
If we understood that Hashem has designed the world so that we have a real opportunity to make a free willed choice to be like Him over our natural urges, nullifying the material and physical world in favor of the abstract spiritual reality, would this change the way we approach every moment?
When we feel angry, afraid, challenged, insecure, searching for validation or honor, feeling judgmental with an urge to say or do something retaliatory, would this change our perspective on what the real task is?
Are we interested in pursuing a path to peace of mind that is a byproduct of our effort alone?
What gives us the greatest pleasure?
How are these questions relevant to unifying our soul and clinging to Hashem and being like Hashem?
The greatest pleasure is to feel the pleasure of being in relationship with Hashem not only as a receiver of His Good, but more importantly as being enabled to exert an effort as part of that absolute Oneness of His Compassion that has potential to affect the Creation
Torah teaches us that the greatest pleasure possible for a man is the soul’s pleasure of connection to Hashem. We may not feel the pleasure of a connection to Hashem – the pleasure of a mitzvah – directly; however, Torah teaches us that there is, indeed, with every mitzvah a pleasure involved for the soul. Surely we can understand this in terms of the hereafter. The Torah principle is that the reward for a mitzvah is the mitzvah itself. The reward for making a connection to Hashem is the connection itself.
Do we have the emunah and bitachon in “Hashem is One” to comprehend how the connection itself is a reward? We consider a reward to be something pleasant. That pleasure is not a handout. It is the actual reality of the universe. However, if we do not make an effort, it WILL feel like a handout, and there will be a sense of being separate in that we are taking from the Giver.
The absolute essence of the universe is Hashem’s compassion. Nothing can exist except by virtue of His Creating it. Everything Hashem creates is filled with His compassion, although it may be covered over and not appear that way since Hashem hides in this world in order to give us free will and the opportunity to make an effort to bring the Divine characteristic of lovingkindness to fill the voids experienced in the world.
Hashem desires a dwelling place in our hearts so that He may be revealed in this world through our speech and deeds
Hashem hides so that in our effort to reveal Him, that effort we make alleviates the reality of us being created beings and not essentially Hashem (although made in His Image). By choosing to make an effort to reveal Him, we use a causative force called free will, ratzon. Because we are given the ability to cause a revelation, because making a causative creative effort is being like Hashem, that act of choosing inoculates us from feeling a lack as a creation when we see Hashem’s Oneness and ourselves a creation connected to that absolute compassion. We act and earn something by willing a causative act that reveals Him.
When we use our free will to comprehend deeply that in every moment, Hashem gives us the opportunity to be creative in perfecting our characteristics – taking them from the natural condition to a level of being able to reveal Hashem’s attributes of mercy as we are potentially enabled to do because we are made in His Image – we are, in fact, being like Hashem within the microdot of our consciousness – our lifetime, our unique universe.
In our unique universe, when we use free will and ask Hashem to please help us rise above our nature so that we may act from our tzelem elokim instead of what is natural*(please see footnote below), this use of free will and speech impacts our unique universe – we create our eternal identity just by trying to be like Hashem. And in the material and physical reality, our action that we have made the effort to take, based on being made in His Image, somehow brings an influence into the world which Hashem may or may not use, as He sees fit.
We have REAL free will to choose to emulate Hashem
Think about it. What bodily functions do we actually have complete and total control over? Rabbi Kessin teaches that even lifting our hand is an outcome of will. We will to lift our hand or type or do anything and an angel then makes it happen. It seems to us as though it is our effort to lift our hand that makes it move, but in reality it is our will to lift our hand that is granted a “yes” that makes it move.
We are created. There is a Creator. The Creator runs the world completely, totally, to every detail, to every thought, to every emotion. We have perceptions and experiences of those perceptions. And it is in the interpretations and the will that we form from those interpretations that we can express our love for Hashem and our desire for the relationship that He Designs us for. How? By using our will to reveal His Oneness.
If our will is focused on something other than the will of Hashem and His Purpose in the design of the world, all too often we may unintentionally either do something damaging or we may miss an opportunity to make a connection to Hashem that helps us build our eternal identity and experience peace of mind in this world. Unless we learn Torah, our natural condition is that our soul follows the suggestions of our instincts and drives, which are under the domain of the Soton. With understanding that Hashem is One, while we feel a mixture of emotions, asking Hashem to help us emulate His lovingkindness reveals our love relationship with Hashem and our trust that our survival is in His Hands alone.
Run and return – a dynamic process
Understanding the purpose of shame
By making the effort to use our will asking to be able to rise above nature in order to act like Hashem, we innocuate ourselves from eternal shame
Is it possible to stay conscious of Hashem to seek to make connection and soul correction? We are in a fallen world and we wax and wane in consciousness. Our effort to make the connection and to accomplish a soul correction is a ratzo v’shov, a run and return. However, we can learn a process and familiarize ourselves with it so that when we are in a challenge, we have more consciousness – more integrated understanding of Torah and Hashem’s attributes of mercy – to guide us before we speak or act. It is the process itself of running and returning that produces a positive influence. This is the purpose for which we are created, to do the work of using will to ask Hashem to do the fixing of the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then, once we have a process for clarifying our mind and heart – unifying our heart and mind and somehow repairing the eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – to then make Hashem’s will our will – to truly bow our natural drives stemming from being a creation and not Hashem Himself. Only Hashem can turn tuma into tahor, damage into holiness. But we can use free will to ask and to describe where the purification is needed and where we need His Compassion to walk past our natural drives.
Let’s look more at the amazing gift of real, causative free will and choosing to do Hashem’s will.
In Rabbi Kessin’s Derech Hashem shiur on free will and the bread of shame, he describes the basic source of our emotional distress. To summarize it, he says that our feelings of inadequacy come along with a feeling of shame. The feeling of shame is something that the angels also feel. He said that being a created being means inherently that we are not Hashem and that awareness, that consciousness, feels like inadequacy. Shame is built into being a creation that has consciousness and awareness that it is a creation and must be given to by the Creator, unable to truly fulfill its own needs in totality. The purpose of shame is so that we are conscious and aware of Hashem and involve ourselves in relationship with Him as a created being, motivating us to choose to act like Hashem not only to alleviate the feelings of deficiency but to actually create eternal identity free of the feeling of shame inherent in being a created being.
Thus, when we are not aware of the purpose of shame, which is given to us by Hashem so that we may use the amazing gift of free will to participate in perfecting our characteristics, the shame can become hijacked by the false beliefs inherent in the material and physical world. With a real free will that is causative of influence in this world, we are given a Divine capability to create our own image. In being given the use of a creative force with real free will, we can choose to ask Hashem to help us emulate Hashem. In so doing, we eradicate the experience of shame by properly using the causative free will that Hashem has given us to ask Hashem to please redeem our soul from the confines of the negative experience of shame we may be otherwise feeling due to being perceived by others as inadequate in their eyes and the corresponding feelings of shame that then shut us down. The effort of trying to be close to Hashem brings an inner shift, a movement within, that we call peace of mind. The effort comes from our ability to be like Hashem and to choose to “let Hashem in” – into the darkness, into the matter, to bring Hashem into the picture. The effort “circumcises our hearts” from the natural reactions so that our soul that feels shame that is trapped in that dark place can re-join the true reality, that of being made in His Image and capable of emulating His Compassion. It is this part of us from the natural that gets released that, because it also contains a drop of the animal soul that held it for so long, can become the chariot through which our hearts bring compassion into the world in speech and deed.
Once experienced, we begin to see more and more opportunities within our negative whirlwind emotional reactions. We begin to understand more and more about what we are here to fix. We begin to understand more and more about what we are here to reveal – our inner essence that is made in His Image.
What control do we really think we have in any other area? If we only have control over one thing and that is to make the effort to be close to Hashem and to connect to Hashem, to be conscious of Hashem, what holds us back from doing it?
Why ask Hashem to help us reveal Him when we are blocked in the moment?
Happiness seems to come from so many other places. Our will to take these steps comes from a deep love for Hashem, which is gratitude as well as realization that His Plan for us is, in fact, what we want – an eternity without shame! The more we integrate these ideas in our heart, the more we feel compassion in the moment that we may reveal.
The more we integrate these ideas in our heart, the more we can walk past the downward pulls of the material and physical world. OUr primary purpose is to use our free will to ask Hashem to help us nullify the impact on our imagination that the lures of the material and physical world whisper in favor of the clarity and consciousness of what Torah tells us regarding the choice to yearn for the simple happiness and inner peace and clarity of revealing Hashem’s compassion in this world – that the effort produces happiness for all eternity..
From where does the strength to reveal Hashem in our speech and deeds come? When we are in such turmoil, we are empowered through prayer and through the mitzvahs of love and awe of Hashem to turn that around
The more we integrate these ideas in our heart, the more we realize that our initial natural reactions, when they bow to Hashem, have the heartfelt strength we need to protect our souls from the downward pulls all together.
The more we integrate these ideas, the more we realize that we may be creations but Hashem, in His Love for us, allows us to be creators within our own internal emotional universe.
What shall we choose for the atmosphere in our inner world? Our natural set of emotions that are pulled and pushed by the material world or our emunah and will to feel and reveal compassion, to make a kiddush Hashem?
It is up to us.
It is up to us to make the effort.
It is up to us to make the effort to ask Hashem to help us emulate Him over our natural impulses.
It is up to us to ask Hashem to please help us make kiddush Hashem because we recognize we are creations and He is the Creator and we wish for Him to be revealed in this world through our speech and deeds, and if that is not His Will, at least may His Compassion be experienced in our inner world as inner peace for trying.
We can have inner peace because we ask Him to help us reveal His Compassion. At a minimum, we trust that He answers corresponding to our efforts with an experience of His Compassion in the form of inner peace.
Eventually, with Hashem ‘s help, our hearts will feel it.
Eventually. With Hashem’s help.
But we have to ask. And try. And investigate our false beliefs. And try again, with love for Hashem and awe in how He has designed the world.
Tu B’Av,the 15th of Av, is a day of love between Hashem and Am Yisrael. Hashem, feel our love for You. We understand the design. We are IN! Please help us reveal You in this world. All we want is to see a revelation of Hashem in this world. That is our will.
Nachamu!!Nachamu!! Comfort us by saying yes to our plea to draw Your lovingkindness into the darkness. Please help us do Your Will. All we want is YOU.
What happens when we ask Hashem to help us?
In order to ask Hashem to help us, first it is important to describe the natural reactions that are blocking us from feeling Hashem’s constant love and mercy. The reason is that our natural reactions are being animated by a positive spiritual energy from our soul that is enlivening them.
It could be understood as the yetzer hara nourishing itself from our soul.
When Adom ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Hashem changed the flow of compassion to Adom from being independent to being in competition with the forces of nature, the Soton.
The holiness of our soul, when we choose to follow Hashem’s will, is connected to Hashem and He bestows more compassion upon us.
However, when we follow nature, our soul falls into the grips and feeds the Soton, literally “wasting” its spiritual powers to the forces of darkness that do not have any eternity.
Thus, to begin the request for Hashem’s help, it is important that we have a grasp of the landscape where our spiritual energy has been entrapped and following mundane goals and possibly with damaging outcomes. This describing of our inventory of negativity is self-knowledge that helps us to realize the emotions and feelings that are our patterns. It is an investigation into the confusion within just as we examine ourselves in elul.
The more sincerely we understand where our imagination has strayed from truth, the more we truly see our error as false and not our essence that is made in Hashem’s Image.
Describing in detail the set of negative emotions and familiar patterns that often entrap us before we ask for Hashem’s help is a way of bringing the entire pattern or chain to teshuva, to return the spiritual energy animating the feelings and thoughts back to connection with Hashem. Remember that the source of emotional upset is feeling inadequate and the corresponding shame. It is the shame that generates the charge against ourselves and others, survival instincts designed to preserve our self-image within a material and physical world.
How can we sincerely yearn to feel Hashem’s compassion when we are in survival mode and our urge is to do something damaging?
What do we wish to feel instead? In order to wish to feel compassion, it is important to cling to Torah. The wisdom of the Torah helps us to rescue ourselves from actions that are based on imagination built on the wisdom of our survival instincts. Rather, when we have trust in Hashem and Torah learning, our hearts are able to bow long enough to remember that our survival is entirely in Hashem’s Hand and that we do not do one thing except to make the effort to use our free will. How shall we choose?
Because the inner characteristic of Hashem is compassion, when we are conscious of Hashem, it follows that what we are hoping for is to reveal the tzelem elokim within that is made in the image of Hashem, Who is compassion, a loving and merciful King Who only does good. The more emunah we have in Hashem and the more integrated knowledge of Hashem in our hearts, the more sincerely we desire to reveal tzelem elokim over our natural reactions. Much is in the way blocking this, however. We have the will, but how exactly do we use the will to make a difference when we feel so upset?
What dynamic process is there for us to turn to in order to unblock what conceals Hashem’s love and mercy?
How does Hashem create the world?
He Who is compassion utters words. His compassion becomes the soul of the material item that appears due to His utterances. An object, thought or emotion appears that conceals the spiritual energy animating it…Hashem’s compassion.
Hashem speaks and fills, while hiding His Presence, everything in the world. We can ask of Hashem to help us when He feels hidden. With love of Hashem and awe in the design in our heart, when we open our mouth in prayer and ask for His help, that intention has an effect. The effect reflects our sincere desire to cling to Him so that we may reveal compassion. In the place within our makeup where Hashem’s Presence is hidden, when we open our hearts with love and awe just a pinhole, there is a release of the positive spiritual energy trapped in the dark. When that happens, our soul is unified AND its true essence of compassion is able to shine through, with help from Hashem added in.
Let’s take a closer look.
When we experience a negative feeling, thought or emotion, Hashem is hidden within it. We are not experiencing Hashem as compassion in that moment, however, right?
But we want to. That is the goal of emunah and consciousness and effort, to sincerely want that relationship with Hashem. Thus emunah and consciousness of Hashem and Torah learning combined with our understanding and imagination to build or re-build ourselves are the ingredients and the intention for the effort.
Hashem gives us the creative power of speech, another ingredient. And He gives us the mitzvahs of loving Hashem and having awe of Hashem, an innate although hidden ability within us that we inherit from the Avos. We know with 100 percent certainty that the ability to love Hashem and have awe in Him and the design is there because Torah tells us that we are made in His Image, something of the spark of His Divine creative energy that is our life. Our emunah needs to be strong in seeing ourselves as a beam of light placed inside an instinctive-oriented coating placed inside a body.
Think for a moment…when WE love Hashem and have awe in Hashem, which are mitzvahs, does it not make sense that these are expressions of the same love and mercy from HASHEM that we are longing to feel? They exist within our hearts as part of our tzelem elokim. They are mitzvahs that open the channel of connection. We are awakening our tzelem elokim through these mitzvahs, and that opens a channel that can bring a corresponding compassion to help us heal and reveal His compassion.
When we open these channels through performing the commandments of love and awe of Hashem, and we actually sincerely feel the love and the awe in the design, we have prepared ourselves to do something very creative. In that moment, we are ready to infuse lovingkindness into something we are going to speak out – namely the way we are naturally feeling. We have opened a pinhole to our heart. We begin the process of infusing love and compassion into something that hurts.
What happens next is how we are actually, on our small scale, given an opportunity to be G-d-like. And THAT effort is our innoculation against shame
We describe what we are feeling that is blocking us from feeling Hashem’s love and mercy and we are telling Hashem that we are blocked but do not want to be blocked. WE WANT COMFORT from Hashem. Have mercy on us!
And why do we want this comfort? We want to reveal Hashem’s love and mercy. To really be able to act upon that, we want to feel His love and mercy in our hearts.
Thus, by opening the channels through loving Hashem and having awe in the design, we become conscious of Hashem is One and ourselves as creations that are part of that Oneness who are given real free will to infuse love of Hashem and awe of Hashem into the very place from which we find ourselves in pain or fear or anger.
Our intention is to infuse love and compassion where we otherwise feel anxious, angry, insulted, jealous, desirous, and other negative reactions. We want to conquer the “land.” We want to have our essence enter the material and physical part of us.
How does this infusion take place?
The positive spiritual energy that is contained in all creations, including those emotions, is awaiting a reunion with its true desire, to reveal compassion.
The love and awe that we feel in our hearts is a magnet to which that positive spiritual energy is drawn out.
Our soul is unified with Hashem’s love and mercy because we made the effort to feel love for Hashem and recognize the design, out of consciousness of Hashem and awareness of the relationship that Torah teaches us is our purpose in being alive.
Imagine, the covering that is giving us a negative experience and blocking Hashem’s love and mercy is described to Hashem while feeling love and awe in the design. We are asking that the positive spiritual energy in the pain join with the feeling of love and awe with which we choose to pray, and held together in our hearts, the spiritual energies merge. In merging, our soul is unified to tzelem elokim and and re-fills that part of our mind which previously interpreted the matter in a way that was painful. Hashem’s compassion, being hidden and animating something false, caused us pain – a feeling of shame – we had believed we were inadequate. A spark of energy from nature accompanies the merger and gives us entry for our nature to be changed. Our nature is more willing to bow to do Hashem’s will.
That former strong negative perception and understanding, through our effort to ask Hashem to help us cling to Hashem’s Oneness with love and awe, is infused and re-formed by our effort. Our true and sincere love for Hashem and our understanding and trust in the Torah that gives us awe in the design becomes a stronger platform for our imagination. Instead of judgment and demonization, we have expanded our interpretation to an opportunity to create an eternal identity for ourselves as made in Hashem’s image, and our heart goes along because Hashem helps us unblock it just for that free willed choice,and our heart is re-strengthened, a heart of flesh.
How does this infusion happen? It happens through Hashem’s compassion, simply through our choice, to use free will to make the effort to ask Hashem to please help us. When we choose to be compassionate and fulfill the purpose for which Hashem has made the world, He responds in kind and shows us compassion.
It is our choice to make the effort. When we do, our very neurology that was a moment before blocking us from feeling Hashem’s love and mercy is now getting “cpr” from our love for Hashem and our awe in the design. Once we make this choice, Hashem responds in kind and helps us clean off the dross to the degree of what we have asked sincerely, the dross that is our self-knowledge, the dross that was blocking us from feeling His Love and Mercy. This gives us a sense of inner peace. We are constantly taking off layer by layer the dross, for our entire lives. It is an infinite path and the topic of our investigation in elul, to find our next step.
The actual circumstances that triggered our negativity are up to Hashem alone. There are no guarantees. We can, though, count on a moment or more of clarity, of inner peace, and of seeing growth in dealing with our life circumstances.
When we make His Will our will, He makes our will His Will, and no matter what, the outcome is accepted as the most just, loving and merciful outcome because our soul is unified with His Absolute Oneness.
Integrated understanding of Hashem means that the wisdom of the Torah combined with our imagination helps us to cling to Hashem’s love and mercy in our hearts. Our effort is to choose abstract spiritual reality over the natural reactions stemming from material and physical reality. To do so, we nullify the appearance of a world that seems independent from Hashem in favor of the truth that Hashem fills all the world and that the place of the world is Hashem. We nullify our sense of being autonomous independent beings in favor of being creations making an effort to take our next step toward our unique mission to reveal Hashem through our speech and deeds. In so doing, we have the opportunity to be a creator of our eternal identity within our unique personal universes.
The dynamic process of asking Hashem to help us involves consciousness of Hashem and that very consciousness comes from learning Torah. The more Torah and understanding that the Torah tells us about Hashem, the more we will see Hashem in our lives, thank Him and develop a relationship with Him. The relationship is that Hashem is the groom, Torah is the ring and mankind is the bride. We are betrothed to Hashem through Torah. The more Torah, the more chochma we have that our imagination can build on to help us in the moment regain our footing so that we may pull ourselves up from where we fall and return to connection and our holy missions.
When we feel over and over again the inner peace of doing Hashem’s will, it builds within us more and more love for Hashem that we feel in our hearts. Whether this love is understood as consciousness of Hashem or as relationship with Hashem, somehow we begin to discern the messages that come from our higher soul, our soul made in Hashem’s image, and distinguish them from the look and feel of the messages that come from our natural drives and urges.
Integrated understanding of Torah is called daas. It is consciousness of Hashem. Yet that consciousness has an inner soul of compassion through which we have a relationship with Hashem – we open the doorway with love for Hashem and awe of the design and Hashem, and He responds with compassion that helps us somehow understand what Hashem wants us to do in the moment, giving us an insight into how to reveal Him over our natural drives and urges.
May we develop a dynamic process to reinstate tzelem elokim into our active daily choices over our natural responses. It is more than just breaking a habit. It is healing the shame and feelings of inadequacy that have happened because we have forgotten we are beams of light, Divinely created neshamas, sent here to forge a pathway for Hashem’s compassion to be revealed. May this article be enough to begin the work that Hashem should accept our teshuva and dedication to this goal and redeem us with the light of Moshiach to teach us.
When feeling a painful, hurt response, try these steps while breathing deeply throughout.
“Hashem is right here, right now with me. Thank you Hashem for the opportunity to cry out to You and make an effort to ask that my prayer bring Your lovingkindness into this very place within me where I feel …….”.(If the feeling is not understood clearly, try talking to it lovingly and with awe “neshamala, I see you are covered over and blocked. What is blocking you from feeling Hashem’s love and mercy?” Talk to it and then when the feelings covering the neshama are being expressed [and it will sound in the first person,” I feel this and that”, because the neshama is trapped in and animating the blocks. The goal is for the neshama, the positive spiritual vitalizing energy, along with the positive vitalizing spark of whatever is trapping it, to be drawn back to its Source], continue below. “ I am embracing with gratitude the opportunity to be like You, Hashem, and seek to reveal Your Lovingkindness and Mercy.”
Now continue to speak from the place of entrapment of the neshama, that is going to talk in the first person. “I am feeling ………………………….. and I do not feel at all Your love and mercy, I am praying to You out of love for You and because I understand the design of how You have created us. Please help! I know that everything in this world comes from You and You create only good, although You hide.”
Now speak from the feelings of love and awe in my heart and tell Hashem, “I do not want my soul to be trapped there and I know that You Hashem do not want that either. I love You Hashem and have awe in the design and I choose to draw love and awe into the place of pain where it feels like………… I understand that I have real free will and this is an opportunity to ask that Your lovingkindness redeem my soul from the grips of nature. By my initiating the feelings of love and awe in Hashem, I ask that Your lovingkindness and mercy draw out my neshama from its entrapment and thereby quiet and heal the urge that is entrapping spiritual vitality from my soul. Comfort me! Please help me.”
With concentration on Hashem is One, say “I trust and believe that everything is filled with Your compassion, even if hidden. Despite that I feel …………. I recognize that whatever vitality I feel has a positive spiritual energy and that is the focus of my prayer, my love for Hashem, and my awe in Hashem’s design. Please may the positive spiritual vitality from my soul and from whatever is entrapping my soul be unified with You and cling to and feel and reveal Your lovingkindness, including from this place in my natural makeup. My desire is to be like You Hashem and be strengthened in revealing Your love and mercy with all of the positive spiritual vitality being sent to me from You through this experience.”
“With the love of Hashem and with awe that Hashem gives me real free will to choose these mitzvahs and to open a pinhole in my heart, I ask that the spiritual vitality of my soul that is suffering be redeemed from its confines and that I feel Your love and mercy so that I may reveal Your love and mercy, acting like Hashem, and being close to You in this way. Please help me.” Continue breathing until some shift is felt, a sense of inner peace.
(if feeling resistance, cynicism, a lack of emunah – even though I don’t fully understand and am vulnerable to this doubting, I understand the design that this doubting also contains a spiritual vitalizing energy from my soul and I ask that Hashem please take that especially strong vitality and help me use it to cling with emunah to Hashem rather than to the force it is clinging to that is causing a forgetting of Your Oneness.)
“I regret my past failures at bringing Hashem into this place of pain. I ask that my teshuva be accepted and that my effort to bring Hashem’s lovingkindness into the matter be a merit for klal Yisrael that we may all be forgiven for similar errors, and that Hashem, forgiving us, please redeem us.”
From blog post Chaya Hinda Allen