Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, the Ramchal (1707-1746)

Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto composed a prayer asking Hashem to look at the merit of the Jews who bear their exile and keep the oaths (The Book of 515 Prayers, number 168). It reads in part: “One and unique G-d, how beloved is your dwelling, Hashem Tzevaos, in so many synagogues and study halls where they study Your Torah in exile, and Your Presence rests there, like one who rests in an inn on the way, like a bird who find a home; and they study Your Torah and bear their exile, for so they were foresworn, not to force the end, as it says ‘I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, by Tzevaos…” and therefore that name (Tzevaos) shines upon them, and they accept it lovingly, like a donkey bearing its burden. And sometimes they stumble under their burden because the Samech Mem makes it too heavy for them, but You help them back up through the many inspirations of holiness with which you inspire them; whereupon they stand up and bear their burden again, as before.”


Rabbinic Quotations

Three Oaths