In T’hilim (10:9), it states, “He lies in wait, like a lion in his lair (literally “his sukkah”), he lies in wait to snatch the poor one. He snatches the poor one by pulling him into his net.”

On the surface, this chapter of T’hilim seems to be referring to enemies of the human sort, but it can also refer to our biggest internal enemy, the Yeitzer HaRa (Evil Inclination), whose raison d’être is to cast its net, cause us to stumble, and ultimately pull us away from Hashem, His commandments, and the truth we know in our heart of hearts.

So strong is the Yeitzer HaRa’s influence that without Heavenly assistance we would be unable to overcome it.

The Gemara explains that the Yeitzer HaRa takes on three personas as he seeks to lodge within an individual: a “Wayfarer,” an invited “Guest,” and finally a “Man.” First it appears as an innocent wayfarer, who has no particular hold on the person; then as a regular boarder who is tolerated by his host. And finally, it makes itself at home, exerting full control over the person’s thoughts, desires, and actions. This is why Chazal urge us to be: [A]s strong as a lion to do the will of Your Father in Heaven (Pirkei Avos 5:20)

We should gather our strength, be as strong as a lion. Why? Because that is precisely how the Yeitzer HaRa deals with each of us. Every day, the Yeitzer HaRa gathers all its strength and rises up to wage a new battle within a person. Even when he fails, he quickly and stealthily changes his approach, waiting for the right moment to resume his attack from another angle or position. He never tires, never gets discouraged, and is persistent.

 

(Material was previously published on ShiratMiriam.com.)

 

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

 

Yossi Azriel ben Chayah Michal

Aviel ben Ktziyah Batyah

Eliyahu ben Sophia

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Nissim ben Devorah

Ezra ben Farida

Yossi ben Vardit

Yaakov ben Mazal

Nissan ben Yael

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Moshe ben Rachel

Gavriel ben Imo-Shalom

Marik ben Tamara

Yitzchak ben Chanom Chanah

Yosef ben Leah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Shalom Baruch ben Malkah Freida

Ilay Eliezer ben Rivah Rivkah

Misha Moshe ben Tamara

Meir Yaakov ben Esther

Shlomo Hartzel ben Eka

Chaim Zanvil ben Sarah Dinah

Reuven HaKohen ben Golda

Amram ben Perla

Arkady Avraham ben Mazal

Itai ben Ahuvah

Eliyahu ben Rachel

Pinchas Yitzchak ben Beila

Yosef Gideon Yaakov ben Peninah

Yaakov Reuven ben Brachah

 

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zina

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Malkah bas Reicha Shifrah

Adele bas Adi

Evon bas Sally

Karen bas Rachel

Chavah bas Sarah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Tovah Chanah bas Sarah Devorah

Rachel bas Edith

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

Gittel bas Malkah

Mira Gitta bas Beila Mariasha

 

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