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It goes: “May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.” I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.
For those who want to quibble, I know this is not the typical Mi Shebeirach prayer we are accustomed to.
It is a prayer which seeks the help of the one who is “our source of strength who blessed the ones before us.” It acknowledges that our success ultimately depends upon more than our selves.
No matter how financially blessed, we all need to call upon a higher power to help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.
I don't think Rabbi Blech was trying to make Zuckerberg into a role model. But he made that speech at Harvard and said something profound from which we could all learn.
That deserved to be shared no matter how we feel about what Zuckerberg does.
Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a frequent contributor to Aish, is a Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University and an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, and lecturer.
Facebook expanded rapidly, reaching one billion users by 2012.Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard University dormitory room on February 4, 2004.He was assisted by his college roommates and fellow Harvard students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Mc Collum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.Zuckerberg’s prayer bears a striking resemblance to the remarkable blessing in the book of Genesis with which God blesses Abraham: God does not tell Abraham that he will be blessed.Instead he gives him the greatest blessing of all, a blessing conveying both commandment and prophecy.