This personal prayer is placed at the end of the Amidah. Within the Talmud, this series of blessings is usually referred to as Tefillah, Prayer. On folio 17A of Tractate Brachot, many personal prayers are preserved. This is the one chosen for inclusion in most prayer books.
The only edit made is that this section:
And save me from a bad mishap, from the evil inclination,
from a bad woman, and from all evils that suddenly come upon the world.
And all who plan evil against me,
Was shortened to:
As for all who plan evil against me,
1. Does Mar son of Ravina's prayer resonate with you? Why or why not?
2. Do you have any questions about the text?
This is a foundational text, explaining the rabbinic approach to Judaism. It is quite dense and there are multiple valid interpretations of what is happening.
1. Why didn't Rabbi Joshua want to acknowledge that Rabbi Eliezer's opinion was correct?
2. When is it important to be accurate and when it is important to make decisions that are best for the community?
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This is known as "The Chain of Transmission." It is a fundamental statement of how the rabbis envisioned their direct connection to Moses. It is also a justification of the expansion of Jewish law, to account for the lack of a Temple in which to sacrifice and to create ideals for living within an ever-changing society (Halakha).
1. Does this resonate with you?
2. How would you describe the chain of transmission of Jewish knowledge?
3. What role does authority play in your Jewish life?