Rabbi Berland’s Prayers for Yom Kippur
Master of the world who can do anything, grant me on Yom Kippur when I cry out “HaMelech” [the king] that I nullify all my senses and feelings and nullify all my 248 limbs and 365 sinews, with all my nefesh, ruach, neshamah, chayah and yechidah [levels of soul].
And may I merit on this Yom Kippur the aspect of yechidah, to know that there is none other than Him, “because Hashem, He is G-d in the heavens above and on the land below, there is no other”.
And open for me all the seven heavens, and all the seven furnaces of the land, and show me that there is none other than You.
Please Hashem who is awesome in His awesomeness, on this holy and awe-filled day, grant me all 26 hours only to thank and to praise You, without pause for a moment or second.
And may I merit to be all 26 hours of Yom Kippur a fiery flame towards You, to burn for You without pause for a moment or second, and all my 248 limbs and 365 sinews all of them will be lit up with a fiery flame towards You, day and night = 177, throughout Yom Kippur, in the merit that I will learn Torah and will pray to and praise you without pause for a moment or second all 26 hours.
And may I merit on this Yom Kippur to reach the level of Zevulun, about whom it is said, “Zevulun rejoiced when you went out Yissachar to your tents”.
And fulfil in me, “and your offspring will inherit the gate of its enemies”.
And fulfil in me the blessing, “and they blessed Rivka and said to her you are our sister and may you become a myriad of thousands, and may your offspring inherit the gate of its enemies”.
And through this fulfil in me the song, “Nation, ‘I am a wall, brilliant like the sun, yet exiled and displaced; likened to a palm tree, yet murdered for your sake, she hugs and cleaves to You”.
And in the merit of the prayers of Yom Kippur may I merit to know all of Ketzot HaChoshen and Netivot Mishpat, Takfo Kohen, Rambam, Tur, Shulchan Aruch, forwards and backwards, in overview and in depth.
And may I not lose or forget any word, or any letter, ever, and may I not feel at all that I am fasting, and may the fast pass over me with the greatest ease, without any suffering and without any feeling of hunger or thirst at all.
Yom Kippur – the Lights of Chanukah
Master of the world, “forgive, please, the sins of this nation in the greatness of Your kindness, like when You carried this people from Egypt until today” – the initial letters of which spell out ‘Chanukah’.
Please Hashem, grant me to draw down already on Yom Kippur, to draw down on myself all the lights of Chanukah which is a festival of miracles and wonders which are above the laws of nature.
Please Hashem, grant me anew all the miracles and wonders that You performed with Your nation Israel in the days of Chanukah, when the few overcame the many, the Tzadikim over the wicked, the weak over the strong, and the brazen ones were given over to those that study Torah.
Because the power of Torah is the most powerful, and it overcomes all, in the aspect of “sing to the one that rejoices that overcomes him”.
And all my days, may I accept disgraces with love, and all the attacks that they disgrace me with.
And may I only add love onto love for Hashem Yitbarach, and accept the “Ekieh asher Ekieh” [I will be what I will be], with immense happiness, and through this may I encompass together Rachel and Leah, in the aspect of “from generation to generation they will speak of Your greatness and for all eternity Your holiness will be sanctified, and Your praises our G-d from our mouths will never cease for ever and ever”.
“From generation to generation” is the aspect of Rachel and Leah, that we need to be encompassed together in the two aspects of Rachel and Leah, the numerical value of ‘trembling’ = 274 which is an aspect of “the powers of Moav are gripped with trembling” = Rachel Leah = 274.
And may Rachel be encompassed in Leah, and may there be the complete redemption and the revelation of Moshiach the son of David.