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Artscroll (introduction to Selichot) quotes the Maharal of Prague as writing strongly against supplications addressed to angelic advocates. Why may one seek the intercession of human intermediaries [the avot and imaot], yet be prohibited from beseeching the angels to advocate his case? Man is commanded to perform acts of kindness with his fellow ...


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The prophet Zachariya (3,7), according to the Targums explanation, refers to angels as "those that stand by". 'Thus saith the LORD of hosts: If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep My charge, and wilt also judge My house, and wilt also keep My courts, then I will give thee free access among these that stand by. The accepted reason that ...


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In his diary entry for August 6th, 1754 R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai describes meeting R. Jacob Joshua Falk: ותכף הלכתי לקבל פני הרב בעל פני יהושע הנז' ומראהו כמראה מלאך האלדים I went immediately 'to receive the countenance' of the Rabbi, the author of P'nei Yehoshua aforem. 'And his appearance is as the appearance of an angel of the L-rd'! (...


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To quote Rav Shimon Shkop's take on that gemara (Chagigah 15b; translation mine, taken from "Widen Your Tent: Thoughts on Life, Integrity & Joy", ch. 1, available here, pp 71-73): But to my mind it is worth knowing and contemplating what our Sages said on Chagigah 15b. How could Rabbi Meir receive Torah from the mouth of Acheir [the former ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein writes that he skipped it -- Orach Chaim 5, #43. (Though it sounds like he followed the Chasam Sofer -- skip it yourself, but say it if you're chazan at a shul that does.)


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