I’m reposting this from a few months ago.
I’ve been saying it pretty much every day since it went up, and I have to say, my yearning to get off the evil internet – and also my interest in engaging with it, generally – is reducing all the time.
But in the meantime, I need to have ‘something else to do with my time’, something in ‘real world’, so that’s what I’m currently trying to get to grips with.
But I figure other people could probably also use this prayer….
So I’m reposting it now.
I was sitting at the Rav’s prayers last week, when a girl came up and handed me something.
It’s a prayer to get off the internet.
Something that I’ve been increasingly thinking about, as the 5….G is turned up, and my health has been taking the hit.
I was discussing with a friend yesterday, how ‘different’ life would look like, if the internet would disappear.
And while there is also some fear there – because I write this blog, for example, and I’d probably have to return to a typewriter – there is also a lot of yearning for that.
Even without all the ‘tech’ health issues – which lets be honest, are huge all by themselves – no internet would also mean way fewer opportunities to space out, run away and ‘escape’ from real life.
So then, we’d have to find other things to do like sew, garden, read, learn Torah, do hitbodedut, walk around, actually speak to people again, including our spouses and children, find different hobbies to fill the time.
Again, lots of fear around these thoughts, because we’ve all got so used to zoning out ‘online’, but also lots of hope, for how good life will actually be, once we are through this stage of very tough birur.
So in the meantime, here is that prayer, with my translation underneath.
Ribono shel olam, Who can do anything.
Please strengthen us with deep joy, and that we should no longer look at the internet ever again.
And we should always pray every single word and letter with kavana.
And each and every second, we should just be bound to You, with all 248 of our limbs and 365 of our sinews, with all our nefesh, ruach, neshama, chaya and yehida.
And we should merit to see Eliyahu (52) HaNavi (68), may his memory (233) be for a blessing (47) = 400, face to face, whose eyes (220) were pure (180) = 400.
Please answer, Hashem!
“Remember, Hashem, [to repay] the offspring of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; [to repay] those who say Destroy! Destroy! To it’s very foundation! (Psalms 137)
Please answer, Hashem!
Let us merit to have the intellect of our Holy (415) and Awesome (268) Rabbenu (268) Nachman (148) ben (52) Simcha (353) ben (52) Feigue (94), and to see Eliyahu (52) HaNavi (68), may his memory (233) be for a blessing (47) = 2598, face to face.
And by way of this, we should merit to the verse:
“And to all (86) the tremendous (98) awe (252) and to all (86) the strong (125) hand (19) that (501) Moshe (345) did (375) before the eyes (170) of all (50) of Israel (541) = 2598.
UPDATE: Thanks to the readers who helped me tidy this prayer up, and also add in gematriot.
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