More Discussions for this daf
1. The four things which need to be strengthened 2. Go and Descend 3. Why the First Verse?
4. Number of stars literal? 5. Heref Mimeni 6. rava, fast days and clouds
7. Tefilah better than Ma'asim Tovim? 8. Forms of Repentance 9. fasting vs tzedakah
10. A Kohen who has killed a person 11. The Innocent Sotah 12. Four activities which require strengthening
13. Was Moshe Rabeinu's Prayer Answered?

Zalman asks:

I still don't understand what it means when H-Shem says that Moshe has to release Him. What is it that He is bound by? Did He make an oath to Moshe that He's asking to be released from?


The Kollel replies:

On a theological level Hash-m did not make an oath to Moshe but nevertheless he is "bound" and needs to be released. The idea here is that when a person prays in a certain heartfelt manner and is Moser Nefesh he can in a sense change the mechanics of Hash-m and bring about a different outcome. Just as Choni Ha'Meagel stood in a circle and said he would not leave until rain, and just as Chizkiyahu succeeded in changing his fate with a heartfelt Tefillah (Brachos 10a), Moshe Rabbeinu had the power with his Tefillah to "chain" Hash-m until he cancels his decree.

If Hash-m had made an oath, Moshe would not have been able to cancel it just as happened with the Meraglim. However in any other circumstance, man has the ability to affect Hash-m's decision and even change it. Yitzchak prays opposite his wife and turns around her physical state of infertility and there are many other examples of Tefillah changing a decree.

The idea is that when an important person prays with Mesirus Nefesh he can affect the entire world as the world exists because of the Tzadikim, so their prayers can also affect Hash-m's way of ruling the world.

The Acharonim add that the concept of holding Hash-m's clothes refers to his Midos and Moshe is trying to change Hash-m's Midah of Nekama to another Midah (Tzlach; Rav Elyashiv)

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