Rav Yisroel Yaakov Fisher: Can You Daven For Success In Business?

success_ladderAlthough everything is decided by Hashem and we trust that he gives us all that we need, we must still ask for things, if we want Hashem to send them. That is why the Chachomim made a Bracha in Shmoneh Esrei for Parnassa. To what degree of specificity may a person daven? Do we have a right to request from Hashem to send it through a specific means, or must we just ask him to support us financially and leave it purely to his discretion via which channels He’d like to send it? Rav Yisroel Yaakov Fisher (Even Yisroel 9:61:21) says that indeed you may not petition Hashem as to how, or through which opportunity, Hashem should provide you with a livelihood. Your request should be limited to asking for a comfortable income. However say Rav Fisher, that is before you start working on a particular venture. Once you are already involved in it and this is your Hishtadlus, you may daven for its success. Revach.

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  1. I asked a shyla on this from an odom gadol and he said mefayrish that one should not ask for that specific project even after he began the project. The tefila is still the same as before the project.

  2. Because you don’t know exactly what you need. Only the Abishter knows what you really need, based on His infinite wisdom. It’s like one shouln’t daven for a certain shidduch, but rather in general for the right one, because that person might not really be for you, which would end up in disaster. Parnassa can work the same way, apparently.

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