The "Shovevim" weeks, which we have now entered, are a special time for enhancing our closeness to Hashem, our emuna, personal holiness and teshuva. But, when we don't initiate teshuva on our own accord, Hashem – Who loves us so much – stimulates us. Often, He uses our wives as a prod to mobilize us in self-assessment and teshuva. Here's how:
Husbands periodically see faults in their wives that need rectification. Maybe the wife suffers from anger and screams at or hits the children. As a person with emuna, he prays to Hashem that she should rectify her fault, saying, "Hashem, help my wife overcome her short temper; have mercy on her, and rid her of her terrible anger!" Such prayer is a mistake, the advice of the evil inclination.
The above husband's prayer is not coming from a point of truth. It is not the result of the husband's care and compassion for his wife and his true concern for her welfare. He just wants to put an end to his own suffering; for his own convenience, he wants her to be calm and happy. Therefore, his prayer stems from his care about himself and not from his concern for her.
If Hashem doesn't love this husband, then his prayer will be answered. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Let's see why:
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