Updated 5th April 2016
Judaism Prayers on Fire Poems on Fire
Submitted by Rabbi Dovid Sears of Breslov Center New York, USA and Solitude-hisbodedus blogspot
Breslov Center of New York: http://breslovcenter.blogspot.com/
Jewish Meditation and Retreat:
JEWISH PRAYERS ON FIRE
A powerful prayer In The Merit of the Courageous One that refers to fire is recited on Hoshanah Rabbah, which comes toward the end of the Sukkot festival. It is included in every Orthodox prayer book.
Rabbi Nathan of Breslov, Likutey Tefilot (Collected Prayers) II, 6 (based on Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s Likutey Moharan II, Lesson 67 which contrasts destructive fire with divine light)
Spread over us Your tent of peace in the merit of the holy Shabbat. Guard us, as well as our assets and homes, from all damage and loss, materially and spiritually – all forms of harm of which derive from the “luminaries of fire.” Save the houses of Your children from fire. O God, protect them always from fires and all types of damage, for we are incapable of guarding them. On You alone we rely! Have mercy on us, and protect our houses and property from fires. Do not allow the “luminaries of fire” any dominion over us, God forbid – neither our bodies, nor our souls, nor our wealth. Rather, may we constantly be subsumed within the “luminaries of light,” which in turn are subsumed within Your great Name.
Rabbi Ephraim ben Naftali, Tefilat HaBoker (Prayers of the Dawn), Prayer 7 (based on Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s Likutey Moharan II, Lesson 67 which contrasts destructive fire with divine light)
Subjugate the “luminaries of fire” and reveal and strengthen the holiness of the “luminaries of light.” These are the truly righteous sages who reveal Divine Providence to the world, and subjugate and cancel all harsh judgments produced by the “luminaries of fire.” These are bound up with the illusion of nature as something that exists apart from God.
You have already made known to us through Your true righteous ones that the power of nature is elicited primarily from the paradigm of fire, which represents the full force of harsh judgment. And when one declares, “My power and the strength of my hand made for me this wealth” (Deuteronomy 8:17), this is elicited from the power of fire, which was created on the night after the first Shabbat by Adam. Thus, the power of nature derives from fire.
However, in truth, nature itself reflects Your beneficent Providence. Our main task is to perceive this in our everyday lives and thus incorporate nature into Your Providence; in so doing, we restore the paradigm of fire to the holy. Then we will perform all of the commandments with the warmth of holy fire, which consumes all fires from the side of unholiness.
This ancient Jewish poem The Celestial Fire also contrasts destructive fire with holy fire: