Today, 15 Tevet, is the Hilulah of one of the great Amoraim, Rabbi Shimon ben Lakish – Reish Lakish. Our Rebbe Rav Eliezer Berland shlit”a wrote a statement of Torah as a prayer in honor of the day of his hilulah.
According to tradition, Reish Lakish is buried with Rabbi Yochanan in a burial cave in Ketzion.
Below is a translation of the full prayer and a download link for the Hebrew prayer:
Ribono Shel Olam – Master of the World, Who can do everything, and that nothing can impede [Your] purpose from You, let me merit in the merit of Reish Lakish, that from Moshe until Reish Lakish no one arose like Reish Lakish, that he would battle with all the bandits and all the murderers, and all of them feared him.
And when Rabbi Ami fell into captivity and Rabbi Yochanan said, “Let the dead be wrapped in its shroud,” Reish Lakish said, “Either I shall kill or I shall be killed,” and went to battle with the bandits, and through this, he rescued Rabbi Ami and returned him to life, to the yeshiva.
So too return me to life in the merit of Reish Lakish, and I shall live eternal life in the yeshiva, in the life of Torah.
To download Hebrew version, click here
The prayer in the Rav’s holy handwriting: