[Avodah] praying for one to die

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Thu Sep 23 08:43:50 PDT 2021

The case I usually hear cited is that of Rebbe (Kesuvos 104a). The
Rabbanan pray for his health, his maid prays that he die, and the RBSO
listens to her. RMF (IM CM 2:73(a)) uses it to conclude that there
are situations where praying for an easy death is preferable, and even
times when physical measures to extend life are inappropriate.

Another case in the gemara is R Yochanan (bottom of BM 84a). R Yochanan
had gone insane after realizing that words he said to Reish Laqish led to
his talmid, brother-in-law and chavrusah's petirah. The Rabbannan prayed
for Divine Rachamaim, venach nafshei. (Which is such an appropriate
idiom for death in this context.

Tir'u baTov!

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