The Patach Eliyahu
It is a very good practice to read “Patach Eliyahu Hanavi z”l” before every tefila (Shacharit, Mincha, and Maariv). Chazal, (our holy Sages)
have a tradition that one who recites this prayer before davening is assured that his tefilot will be accepted. (Morei Ba’Etzba).
Everyone should encourage his friends to read these precious tefilot to help give them the same merits in the Olam Haba. As you read these tefilot,
you will sanctify your neshama and begin to understand the ways of Hashem.
As we know, many communities around the world, both Ashkenazim and Sefaradim alike, have had the custom to read the Patach Eliyahu before every tefilah. The Chida z”l in his sefer ‘Moreh BaEtzba’, and the Re’ach HaTov, amongst many other tzadikim, write, “In the merit of learning the Zohar HaKadosh, the tefilot will be accepted, and one will see amazing miracles.”
Rav Moshe Zaccuto z”l writes: “Through the power of learning the Zohar HaKadosh, one will able to transcend nature and reveal miracles. Rav Yaakov Abuchatzeira z”l writes in his sefer ‘Bigdei HaSerad’ that it is an obligation on every single Jew to request to know the secrets of the Torah, as without it, ones tefilot can not go up.
The power of simply reading the Zohar HaKadosh is so great that even without understanding a single word one is still able to achieve the same result as learning it. (Eitz Ohr HaZohar) Without learning the Zohar HaKadosh before davening, there is no guarantee that a person’s tefilot will be accepted. Even during the Holocaust r”l, many Jews were accustomed to say the Patach Eliyahu by heart every day before davening and their lives were spared.
(Sefer Edus BeYaakov) In just a couple minutes, by saying these tefilot, one can change all evil decrees for the good and merit to rewards that the verse testifies about, “No eye has ever seen, except for you Hashem”. And he can purify his neshama and merit to very high levels, as the Arizal says.
One who reads this before davening also gets the reward of the mitzvah of Limud HaTorah with the Zohar HaKadosh of which one hour of learning on a weekday is equivalent to one hundred thousand years of regular learning, and equivalent to one hundred million years of learning if read on Shabbat. (Sefer Kisei Melech, Rei’ach Ha’Tov, Orchot Tzadikim, Avot De R’Natan) These precious sefarim have been distributed for free l’shem Shamayim, to do Kiddush Hashem. They are intended for everyone to read and learn so that Klal Yisrael will safeguard and preserve our Torah HaKedosha. Reading this holy work, written by Eliyahu Hanavi and Moshe Rabbeinu, will guarantee that Am Yisrael’s sanctity will not wane or diminish.
Learning the Zohar will also nullify all the terrible decrees and suffering, that we have endured, and that we still continue to endure r”l. (Tikunei Hazohar Tikun 30) May the merit of reading these precious words of Eliyahu Hanavi bring a final end to our current exile, so that we can begin the “Yom She’Kulo Shabbat”. Amen. “And may the pleasantness of Ado-nai Elokeinu be upon us, and let the work of our hands be established upon us, and the work of our hands He will establish.”
(וִיהִי נֹעַם אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ עָלֵינוּ, וּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵינוּ כּוֹנְנָה עָלֵינוּ, וּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵינוּ כּוֹנְנֵהוּ. (ב' פעמים
“And may the pleasantness of Ado-nai Elokeinu be upon us, and let the work of our hands be established upon us, and the work of our hands He will establish.”
.פָּתַח אֵלִיָּהוּ הַנָּבִיא זָכוּר לַטּוֹב וְאָמַר: רִבּוֹן עָלְמִין דְּאַנְתְּ הוּא חַד וְלָא בְחֻשְׁבָּן
Eliyahu Hanavi, may he be remembered for good, opened the discussion and said: “Master of the Universe, You are One, but not in the counting of numbers.
.אַנְתְּ הוּא עִלָּאָה עַל כָּל עִלָּאִין סְתִימָא עַל כָּל סְתִימִין, לֵית מַחֲשָׁבָא תְּפִיסָא בָךְ כְּלָל
You are the most supernal of all the supernals, most hidden of all the hidden, no thought can grasp you at all.
.אַנְתְּ הוּא דְּאַפַּקְתְּ עֲשַׂר תִּקּוּנִין, וְקָרִינָן לְהוֹן עֲשַׂר סְפִירָן
You are the one who brought out and revealed ten tikunim (attributes), and they are called the ten Sefirot,
לְאַנְהָגָא בְהוֹן עָלְמִין סְתִימִין דְּלָא אִתְגַּלְיָן, וְעָלְמִין דְּאִתְגַּלְיָן
in order to direct, with them - the concealed worlds which are not revealed and the worlds which are revealed.
.וּבְהוֹן אִתְכְּסִיאַת מִבְּנֵי נָשָׁא, וְאַנְתְּ הוּא דְקָשִׁיר לוֹן וּמְיַחֵד לוֹן
And with them, the Ten Sefirot, you hide yourself from people, and You are the One who ties them together and unites them.
[וּבְגִין דְּאַנְתְּ מִלְגָאו כָּלמָאן דְּאַפְרֵישׁ חַד מֵחַבְרֵיהּ מֵאִלֵּין עֲשַׂר [סְפִירָן
And because You, the Or Ein Sof (Infinite Light), are within them, anyone who separates one from another from these Ten Sefirot, אִתְחַשֵּׁב לֵהּ כְּאִלּוּ אַפְרֵישׁ בָּךְ
it is considered as if he made a separation within You.
וְאִלֵּין * עֲשַׂר סְפִירָן אִנּוּן אָזְלִין כְּסִדְרָן, חַד אֲרִיךְ וְחַד קָצֵר וְחַד בֵּינוֹנִי
And these Ten Sefirot, they go in their order: One is long, and one is short and one is in the middle.
וְאַנְתְּ הוּא דְאַנְהִיג לוֹן, וְלֵית מָאן דְּאַנְהִיג לָךְ, לָא לְעֵלָּא וְלָא לְתַתָּא וְלָא מִכָּל סִטְרָא
And You are the One who directs them, and there is no one who directs You, not above in the upper realms and not below in the lower realm and not from any side.
לְבוּשִׁין תַּקַּנְתְּ לוֹן דְּמִנַּיְהוּ פָּרְחִין נִשְׁמָתִין לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא
You made them garments from which neshamot fly out to humans.
:וְכַמָּה גוּפִין תַּקַּנְתְּ לוֹן, דְּאִתְקְרִיאוּ גוּפִין לְגַבֵּי לְבוּשִׁין דִּמְכַסְיָן עֲלֵיהוֹן. וְאִתְקְרִיאוּ בְּתִקּוּנָא דָא
And how many bodies have you made, which are called ‘bodies’ in relation to the garments which cover them.
And they are called in this arrangement:
חֶסֶד* דְּרוֹעָא יְמִינָא. גְבוּרָא דְּרוֹעָא שְׂמָאלָא. תִּפְאֶרֶת - גּוּפָא. נֶצַח וָהוֹד תְּרֵין שׁוֹקִין. יסוֹד סִיּוּמָא דְגוּפָא, אוֹת בְּרִית קֹדֶשׁ. מַלְכוּת פֶּה תּוֹרָה שֶׁבְּעַל פֶּה קְרִינָן לָהּ
Chesed (Kindness) is the right arm, Gevurah (Restraint) is the left arm. Tiferet (Beauty) is the Torso. Netzach and Hod (Eternity and Splendor) are the two thighs. Yesod (Foundation) is the end of the body, the sign of the holy brit milah. Malchut (Kingship) is the mouth, which is called the Oral Torah.
."חָכְמָה מוֹחָא, אִיהּי מַחֲשָׁבָה מִלְּגָאו. בִּינָה לִבָּא, וּבָהּ הַלֵּב מֵבִין. וְעַל אִלֵּין תְּרֵין כְּתִיב: "הַנִּסְתָּרוֹת לַיהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ"
Chochma (Wisdom) is the brain, which is inner thought. Bina (Understanding) is the heart through which the heart can understand. In reference to these two Sefirot, it is written: “The hidden things are for Hashem Elokeinu.” (Devarim 29:28)
.כֶּתֶר עֶלְיוֹן אִיהוּ כֶּתֶר מַלְכוּת. וַעֲלֵהּ אִתְמַר: מַגִּיד מֵרֵאשִׁית אַחֲרִית. וְאִיהוּ קַרְקַפְתָּא דִתְפִילֵי
The supernal Keter (Crown) – it is the crown of kingship. And about it, the verse states: “Hashem speaks the end from the beginning.” (Yeshaya 46:10) And this is also a reference to the skull on which the tefilin rest.
.מִלְּגָאו אִיהוּ אוֹת יוֹ"ד וְאוֹת ה"א וְאוֹת וָא"ו | וְאוֹת ה"א, דְּאִיהוּ אֹרַח אֲצִילוּת
From the inner neshama shines the name which is comprised of the letter Yud and the letter Heh and the letter Vav | and the letter Heh, the four-letter name of Hashem, which is the way of the world of Atzilut.
:וְאִיהוּ שַׁקְיוּ דְאִילָנָא בִּדְרוֹעוֹי וְעַנְפּוֹי, כְּמַיָּא דְאַשְׁקֵי לְאִילָנָא וְאִתְרַבֵּי בְּהַהוּא שַׁקְיוּ
And this name waters the tree with its arms and branches, like a tree which grows and develops through that watering.
.רִבּוֹן עָלְמִין, אַנְתְּ הוּא עִלַּת הָעִלּוֹת וְסִבַּת הַסִּבּוֹת, דְּאַשְׁקֵי לְאִילָנָא בְּהַהוּא נְבִיעוּ
Master of the Universe! You are the most supernal of the supernals and the reason of all reasons, who waters the tree,
the Ten Sefirot which are called a ‘tree’, from that flowing spring.
.וְהַהוּא נְבִיעוּ אִיהוּ כְּנִשְׁמָתָא לְגוּפָא, דְּאִיהוּ חַיִּים לְגוּפָא, וּבָךְ לֵית דִּמְיוֹן וְלֵית דְּיוּקְנָא מִכָּל מַה דִּלְגָאו וּלְבָר
And that Spiritual light from the spring is like a neshama to the body, which is the life force of the body. And in You,
there is no likeness and no image from all of the sefirot and all of the creations, whether inner, hidden, or outer, revealed.
,וּבְרָאתָ שְׁמַיָּא וְאַרְעָא, וְאַפַּקְת מִנְּהון שִׁמְשָׁא וְסִיהֲרָא וְכוֹכְבַיָּא וּמַזָּלֵי
And You created Heaven and Earth, and You brought forth from them the sun and the moon and the stars and the constellations,
,וּבְאַרְעָא אִילָנִין וּדְשָׁאִין, וְגִנְתָא דְּעֵדֶן, וְעִשְׂבִּין, וְחֵיוָן וְעוֹפִין וְנוּנִין, וּבְעִירִין, וּבְנֵי נָשָׁא
and with the earth you created trees and herbage , and the Garden of Eden, and grasses and wild animals, and birds, and fish, and domestic animals, and humans.
,לְאִשְׁ תְּמוֹדְעָא בְּהוֹן עִלָּאִין, וְאֵיךְ יִתְנַהֲגוּן בְּהוֹן עִלָּאִין וְתַתָּאִין
This is to make the supernal worlds recognizable and known through them, and also how the upper and lower worlds are directed through them,
,וְאֵיךְ אִשְׁתְּמוֹדְעָאן עִלָּאֵי וְתַתָּאֵי
and to show how the supernal worlds and lower worlds are recognized and known,
.וְלֵית דְּיָדַע בָּךְ כְּלָל
and there is no one who can know and grasp You, the Ain Sof, Blessed Is He, at all.
.וּבַר מִנָּךְ, לֵית יִחוּדָא בְּעִלָּאֵי וְתַתָּאֵי
And without You, there is no unity in the upper, spiritual realms, or the lower, physical realms.
.וְאַנְתְּ אִשְׁתְּמוֹדָע אָדוֹן עַל כֹּלָּא
And You are recognized and known as the Master over everything.
וְכָל סְפִירָן כָּל חַד אִית לֵיהּ שֵׁם יְדִיעָא
And regarding all of the Sefirot, each one has a known name
.וּבְהוֹן אִתְקְרִיאוּ מַלְאָכַיָּא
and with these names of the Sefirot, the malachim are called.
וְאַנְתְּ לֵית לָךְ שֵׁם יְדִיעָא
And You Hashem, do not have a known name
, דְּאַנְתְּ הוּא מְמַלֵּא כָל שְׁמָהָן וְאַנְתְּ הוּא שְׁלִימוּ דְכֻלְּהוּ
because You fill and enliven all of the Sefirot which are called by names, and You complete and fill everything.
,וְכַד אַנְתְּ תִּסְתַּלֵּק מִנְּהוֹן
And when You withdraw your shefa (spiritual influence) from them,
.אִשְׁתָּאֲרוּ כֻלְּהוּ שְׁמָהָן כְּגוּפָא בְּלָא נִשְׁמָתָא
all of their names are left like a body without a neshama.
.אַנְתְּ הוּא חַכִּים וְלָא בְּחָכְמָה יְדִיעָא
You are wise, but not with the Chochma known in the Sefirot.
.אַנְתּ הוּא מֵבִין וְלָא בְּבִינָה יְדִיעָא
You are the one who understands, but not with the Bina known in the Sefirot.
לֵית לָךְ אֲתַר יְדִיעָא אֶלָּא לְאִשְׁתְּמוֹדְעָא תּוּקְפָךְ וְחֵילָךְ לִבְנֵי נָשָׁא
You do not have a fixed or known place rather, Your purpose in revealing Yourself is to make your power and
strength known to human beings
,וּלְאַחֲזָאָה לוֹן אֵיךְ אִתְנְהִג עָלְמָא בְּדִינָא וּבְרַחֲמֵי
and to show them how the world is directed with the attribute of Din (Judgment), and with the attribute of Rachamim, (Mercy),
.דְּאִינוּן צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט, כְּפוּם עוֹבְדֵיהוֹן דִּבְנֵי נָשָׁא
which are the attributes of Tzedek (Righteousness) and Mishpat (Justice), according to the actions of humans.
דִּין אִיהוּ גְבוּרָה. מִשְׁפָּט-עַמּוּדָא דְאֶמְצָעִיתָא
Din is the sefira of Gevura. Mishpat is the middle pillar, Tiferet,
.צֶדֶק מַלְכוּתָא קַדִּישָׁא, מֹאזְנֵי צֶדֶק תְּרֵין סַמְכֵי קְשׁוֹט
Tzedek is the Holy Malchut, and the scales of Tzedek - Netzach and Hod, are the two supports of Truth, Tiferet.
הִין צֶדֶק-אוֹת בְּרִית. כֹּלָּא לְאַחֲזָאָה אֵיךְ אִתְנְהִיג עָלְמָא
The Hin (measurement) of Tzedek is the sign of the brit at the place of circumcision. All of this, describing these attributes,
is to show how the world is directed by Hashem and how Hashem brings forth His influences depending on the actions of
the Jewish people,
.אֲבָל לַאו דְּאִית לָךְ צֶדֶק יְדִיעָא דְאִיהוּ דִין, וְלָא מִשְׁפָּט יְדִיעָא דְאִיהוּ רַחֲמֵי, וְלָא מִכָּל אִלֵּין מִדּוֹת כְּלָל
But not to say that You have the known Tzedek which is Din, and not the known Mishpat which is Rachamim, and not from
any of these attributes at all. When Eliyahu HaNavi finished his praises to Hashem, he hastened to Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai to reveal the secrets of the Torah, since only Rebbi Shimon was permitted to reveal them. Only he was given the task to redeem the Shechina and Klal Yisrael from exile. Therefore, Eliyahu Hanavi proclaimed “Arise Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai! Do not wait. Begin to reveal the secrets of the Torah so that Hashem will redeem His children from exile.”
קוּם רִבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן וְיִתְחַדְּשׁוּן מִלִּין עַל יְדָךְ
Eliyahu said, “Arise Rebbi Shimon, and through you, reveal new teachings,
,דְהָא רְשׁוּתָא אִית לָךְ לְגַלָּאָה רָזִין טְמִירִין עַל יְדָךְ
that behold, you have permission to reveal hidden supernal secrets of the Torah through you,
:מַה דְלָא אִתְיְהִיב רְשׁוּ לְגַלָּאָה לְשׁוּם בַּר נָשׁ עַד כְּעָן
a permission to reveal that was not granted to any other human until now.”
:קָם רִבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן פָּתַח וְאָמַר
Rebbi Shimon arose, opened the discourse, and said the verse:
.לְךָ יְהֹוָה הַגְּדֻלָּה וְהַגְּבוּרָה וְהַתִּפְאֶרֶת וְהַנֵּצַח וְהַהוֹד, כִּי כֹל בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ. לְךָ יְהֹוָה הַמַּמְלָכָה. וְהַמִּתְנַשֵּׂא לְכֹל לְרֹאשׁ
“To You Hashem is Gedulah (Greatness - Chesed), and Gevurah (Restraint), and Tiferet (Beauty), and Netzach (Eternity), and Hod (Splendor), because Kol (All - Yesod) is in the Heavens and Earth. To You Hashem is Mamlacha (Kingship - Malchut). And you are lifted above all to the head.”
.עִלָּאִין שְׁמָעוּ אִנּוּן דְּמִיכִין דְּחֶבְרוֹן וְרַעְיָא מְהֵימְנָא אִתְּעָרוּ מִשְּׁנַתְכוֹן
Listen supernal ones, those who are sleeping in the holy city of Chevron in the Cave of Machpelah and the Trustworthy Shepherd of the Jewish People, Moshe Rabbeinu, wake up from your sleep!
."הָקִיצוּ וְרַנְּנוּ שׁוֹכְנֵי עָפָר"
“Wake up and sing, those who are resting in the earth.”
:אִלֵּין אִנּוּן צַדִּיקַיָּא דְּאִנּוּן מִסִּטְרָא דְהַהוּא דְּאִתְמַר בָּהּ
They, ‘those who are resting in the earth’, are the tzadikim who are from the portion of that, the Shechina, about which is said:
."אֲנִי יְשֵׁנָה וְלִבִּי עֵר"
“I am sleeping but my heart is awake”.
.וְלָאו אִנּוּן מֵתִים
And they are not called dead, rather sleeping.
'וּבְגִין דָּא אִתְמַר בְהוֹן: "הָקִיצוּ וְרַנְּנוּ" וגו'
And because of this, it is said about them, the Avot and Moshe Rabbeinu, “Wake up and sing…”.
רַעְיָא מְהֵימְנָא, אַנְתְּ וַאֲבָהָן
Trustworthy Shepherd, you and the Forefathers
,הָקִיצוּ וְרַנְּנו לְאִתְּעָרוּתָא דִּשְׁכִינְתָּא, דְּאִיהִי יְשֵׁנָה בְגָלוּתָא
wake up and sing to awaken the Shechina, who is sleeping in exile,
.דְּעַד כְּעַן צַדִּיקַיָּא כֻּלְּהוּ דְמִיכִין וְשִׁנְתָּא בְחוֹרֵיהוֹן
for until now, all of the tzadikim were slumbering with sleep on their eyes.
:מִיָּד יָהִיבַת שְׁכִינְתָּא תְּלַת קָלִין לְגַבֵּי רַעְיָא מְהֵימְנָא, וְיֵימָא לֵיהּ
Suddenly, the Shechina sounded three voices towards the Trustworthy Shepherd, Moshe Rabbeinu, and said to him:
,קוּם רַעְיָא מְהֵימְנָא דְהָא עֲלָךְ אִתְמַר: "קוֹל דּוֹדִי דוֹפֵק" לְגַבָּאי בְּאַרְבָּע אַתְוָן דִּילֵיהּ
Stand up Trustworthy Shepherd! Behold it is written about you: “The voice of my beloved is knocking” towards me with its four letters of Hashem’s unspeakable name,
And it will proclaim in them, with their power, the verse:
."פִּתְחִי לִי אֲחוֹתִי רַעְיָתִי יוֹנָתִי תַמָּתִי"
“Open for me my sister, my friend, my dove, my innocent.”
דְהָא "תַּם עֲוֹנֵךְ בַּת צִיּוֹן לֹא יוֹסִיף לְהַגְלוֹתֵךְ"
That behold, the verse says: “Your sins have ceased, daughter of Tzion, and you will no longer be taken into exile”.
?"שֶׁרֹאשִׁי נִמְלָא טָל". מַאי "נִמְלָא טָל"
“For my head is filled with dew”. What is meant by “filled with dew”?
אֶלָּא אָמַר קֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא: אַנְתְּ חָשַׁבְתְּ
Rather, The Holy One Blessed Be He said: You, the Shechina, thought
דְּמִיּוֹמָא דְאִתְחָרַב בֵּי מַקְדְּשָׁא
that from the day that the Beit Hamikdash was destroyed,
?דְּעָאלְנָא בְּבֵיתָא דִילִי וְעָאלְנָא בְיִשּׁוּבָא
I ascended to the Beit Hamikdash in the upper realms and I ascended to my dwelling in the upper Yerushalayim?
:לָאו הֲכִי, דְּלָא עָאלְנָא כָּל זִמְנָא דְּאַנְתְּ בְּגָלוּתָא הֲרֵי לָךְ סִימָנָא
That is not the case at all, for Hashem said: “To show that I have not ascended to my dwelling as long as you are still
in exile, and that I am accompanying you into exile to guard you, here is a sign that I will give you:
",שֶׁרֹאשִׁי נִמְלָא טָל"
“For my head is filled with dew”.
.הֵ"א שְׁכִינְתָא בְּגָלוּתָא
The fourth letter of the Four-Letter Name, Heh, spelled Heh-Alef (with milui alfin) is an allusion to the Shechina in exile,
and is not counted in the gematria of ‘Tal’,
.שְׁלִימוּ דִילָהּ וְחַיִּים דִּילָהּ אִיהוּ טַל
her completion and her life is in the secret of ‘Tal’.
,וְדָא אִיהוּ אוֹת יוֹ"ד אוֹת הֵ"א אוֹת וָא"ו
This is the secret of the first three letters: the letter ‘Yud’, the letter ‘Heh’, and the letter ‘Vav’, referring to HaKadosh
Baruch Hu (The Holy One Blessed Is He), and when in milui alfin equaling 39 – ‘Tal’, as was mentioned above,
.וְאוֹת הֵ"א אִיהִי שְׁכִינְתָּא דְלָא מֵחֻשְׁבָּן טָ"ל
and the final letter ‘Heh’, is the Shechina, and is not part of the calculation of ‘Tal’,
.אֶלָּא אוֹת יוֹ"ד אוֹת הֵ"א וְאוֹת וָא"ו דִּסְלִיקוּ אַתְוָן לְחֻשְׁבָּן טָ"ל
rather the letter ‘Yud’, the letter ‘Heh’, and the letter ‘Vav’ are the letters which add up to the calculation of ‘Tal’.
.דְּאִיהִי מַלְיָא לִשְׁכִינְתָּא מִנְּבִיעוּ דְּכָל מְקוֹרִין עִלָּאִין
That this name fills the Shechina from the flowing springs of all the supernal sources.
.מִיַּד קָם רַעְיָא מְהֵימְנָא וַאֲבָהָן קַדִּישִׁין עִמֵּיהּ
Immediately, the Trustworthy Shepherd stood up, and the Holy Forefathers with him in order to awaken the Shechina,
and to unite both names of Y-H-V-H and A-D-N-Y.
:עַד כָּאן רָזָא דְיִחוּדָא
Until here is the Secret of the Unification.
."בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה לְעוֹלָם אָמֵן וְאָמֵן"
“Baruch Hashem Forever, Amen v’Amen.”
לעילוי נשמת משה בן שרה הכהן