Monday, December 18, 2017

Experiencing the “World to Come” in This World

Enable us to fulfill the mitzvot of Chanukah with joy: to praise You and bless You, and to recite the full “Hallel” with fervor and delight, in holiness and purity. In Your abundant mercy, You established for us the eight days of Chanukah, so that we might praise and exalt Your great Name; days when we may experience the delight of the World to Come.

Grant us the privilege of truly fulfilling Your mitzvot, until we reach the point of constantly experiencing the delight of the World to Come by praising Your great and holy Name -- especially during the days of Chanukah, which our Sages designate as “days of thanksgiving.”[1]

Then we will come close to You in truth. We will know and perceive You, and we will praise You and bless You in truth forever, for You are entirely good! As it is written, “Praise God for He is good, for His kindness is everlasting!” [2]
(LT II, 2)

[1] Shabbat 21b; also cf. Likutey Moharan II, 2, on which this prayer is based.
[2] Psalms 100:5.

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