Berakhot 7a says:

מִכָּאן שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִתְפַּלֵּל

Whom does G-d pray to?

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    The Ben Yehoyada says, "והלא לעצמו אומר כן" – rosends Apr 6 at 17:03
  • @rosends, a short question deserves a short answer. – Mordechai Apr 6 at 19:00
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    To Himself, obviously. But then by extrapolation, we should say that we pray to ourselves, which sounds odd. Unless this means we pray to access the universalism within ourselves, which doesn't. – The GRAPKE Apr 6 at 19:33

The next line on that page answers your question. G-d's prayer is to Himself, like it says:

Rav Zutra bar Tovia said that Rav said: God says: May it be My will that My mercy will overcome My anger towards Israel for their transgressions, and may My mercy prevail over My other attributes through which Israel is punished, and may I conduct myself toward My children, Israel, with the attribute of mercy, and may I enter before them beyond the letter of the law.

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    Which word in the Talmud means “my will”? – Alex Apr 6 at 23:12
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    I don’t see the word רצוני in the link in the question, nor in my edition of the Talmud. – Alex Apr 7 at 11:06
  • @Alex Pardon me, the Hebrew phrase is, "יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנַי". The expression, " רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנַי" in this case is actually making the petition to G-d's innermost essence. Without getting into a long discussion which is at best tangential to the actual question, this is G-d above all aspects of differentiation meaning absolute Oneness. This also relates to teachings discussing kavannot for Birkat Kohanim if you are looking for related information. – Yaacov Deane Apr 7 at 13:52

Well what does Tefilah actually mean? I think Rabbi S. R. Hirsch says the root of Tefilah is to judge. Maybe it means something other than what we typically think of prayer in this context.


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