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Machnisei rachamim – do we need Protekzia to reach god?

This Motzei Shabbos,we begin the recitation of Selichos, supplications begin for forgiveness in the advent of the Yomim Noraim. Amongst the many Selichos and piyutim included in the Selichos is the piyut of Machnisei Rachamim. Machnisei Rachamim is a piyut that is said at the end of Selichos, asking the Malachim to please bring our supplications and cries before Hashem.

מכניסי רחמים הכניסו רחמינו לפני בעל הרחמים משמיעי תפלה השמיעו תפלתנו לפני שומע תפלה משמיעי צעקה השמיעו צעקתנו לפני שומע צעקה מכניסי דמעה הכניסו דמעותינו לפני מלך מתרצה בדמעות השתדלו והרבו תחינה ובקשה לפני מלך רם ונש. הזכירו לפניו השמיעו לפניו תורה ומעשים טובים של שוכני עפר יזכור אהבתם ויחיה אותנו בטרם שלא תאבד שארית יעקב כי צאנו של רועה נאמן היה לחרפה. ישראל גוי אחד למשל ולשנינה מהר עננו ופדנו מגזרות קשות והושע ברחמיך הרבים משיח צדקך ועמך

This has not been without controversy and has caused much confusion as to whether or not we should indeed say this piyut.

I would like to explore the history of the controversy and attempt to clarify if it is correct to say this piyut.

Much of this is based on an article in Yeshurun by Rav Shlomo Sprecher Vol #3

As an aside, it is interesting, that there have been many piyutim that we skip in Selichos or which simply do not appear anymore, as the Gedolim felt they were improper. Machnisei Rachamim, of unknown origin, always managed to sneak back into the Machzor. This only deepens the curiosity to understand the nature of this piyut and the history of its controversy.

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Today is the 80th Yartzeit of Rav Kook Zt’l. I thought it would be appropriate to share some words of wisdom he shared in his Drasha on Rosh Hashanah in Beis Knesses HaChurva in 1933.

We find that the Tefillah for the Geula is accompanied with the Tefillah of  תקע בשופר גדול לחרותינו or והיה ביום ההוא יתקע בשופר גדול. What is the idea behind the Shofar HaGadol? Why specifically do we daven for the blowing of a big Shofar as opposed to a regular one?

Rav Kook explains that we can understand the Shofar of Mashiach by understanding the main 3 halachos regarding the Shofar of Rosh Hashanah:

  1. The Mitzvah to blow Shofar is on the Shofar of a ram.
  2. If one does not have a rams horn, any other kosher animal horn is kosher.
  3. A horn of an animal used for Avoda Zara or of a non-kosher animal is Passul and you may not make a bracha on it, but if you use it, you are יוצא.

The function of the Shofar of Mashiach is to awaken us and push us to do the ‘רצון ה, thereby bringing the full Geula. This re-awakening comes through the Tekia which will call everyone and cause everyone to gather en-masse to Yerushalayim.

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